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Origin and Meaning of Dele

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  • A user from Nigeria says the name Dele is of Yoruba origin and means "Get home".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Erase; remove; -- a direction to cancel something which has been put in type; usually expressed by a peculiar form of d, thus: �.

Etymology: Cf. Delete

verb De"le
To erase; to cancel; to delete; to mark for omission.

Etymology: From the preceding word

verb Dele
To deal; to divide; to distribute.

Etymology: See Deal


From Latin dēlē, second person singular imperative of dēleo (“delete”).

  1. (printing) a sign signifying deletion

dele was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Danish, Dutch, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and Volapük

Notable Persons Named Dele

Dele Alli is a soccer player for the Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Milton Keynes Dons F.C., England national under-17 football team, England national under-18 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Dele was born on April 11th, 1996 in Milton Keynes, England.


Dele Momodu is a journalist/ceo. Dele was born on May 16th, 1960 in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Dele is also known as Bob Dee (nickname).


Dele Adebola is a soccer player for the Crewe Alexandra F.C., Bangor City F.C., Northwich Victoria F.C., Birmingham City F.C., Oldham Athletic A.F.C., Crystal Palace F.C., Coventry City F.C., Burnley F.C., Bradford City A.F.C., Bristol City F.C., Nottingham Forest F.C., Hull City A.F.C., and Notts. Dele was born on June 23rd, 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Dele Sosimi is an afrobeat, funk, and nigerian traditional music. musician. He plays Musical keyboard. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 1979. Dele was born on February 22nd, 1963.


Dele Adeleye is a soccer player for the FC Aktobe, Shooting Stars SC, Sparta Rotterdam, FC Metalurh Donetsk, SC Tavriya Simferopol, FC Kuban Krasnodar, FC Anzhi Makhachkala, Ergotelis F.C., OFI Crete F.C., Nigeria national under-20 football team, and Nigeria national football team. Dele was born on December 25th, 1988 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Dele Aiyenugba is a soccer player for the Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv F.C., Kwara United F.C., Enyimba International F.C., and Nigeria national football team. Dele was born on November 20th, 1983 in Jos.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dele

Bison Dele is a basketball player for the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, and Detroit Pistons. He was most prominent from 1991 to 1999. Bison was born on April 6th, 1969 in Fresno, California.


Yemi A.D. is a choreographer, art director, performer, correspondent, artist, and choreography. He has been prominent since 1999. Yemi was given the name Yemi Akinyemi Dele on November 4th, 1981 in Liberec, Czech Republic.


Gilbert was born on January 1st, 1964.


Jonathan was born on October 20th, 1946 in Lagos, Nigeria.


Dele is a soccer player for the Sunshine Stars F.C. and TKİ Tavşanlı Linyitspor. Dele was born on March 5th, 1990 in Akure.


Fun Facts about the name Dele

  • When was the first name Dele first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dele is Monday, July 12th, 1880.
  • How unique is the name Dele? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dele. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dele: Your name in reverse order is Eled. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leed. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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