Gender: Female Pronunciation: de-LAY-nee Meaning of Delaney: "dark challenger" Origin of Delaney: Irish Delaney's Popularity in 2018: #248

Delaney Origin and Meaning

The name Delaney is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "dark challenger".

Delaney has been a popular Irish surname name for a couple of decades, projecting buoyant enthusiasm plus a feminine feel.

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Rank in US: #248

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bordercollie Says:


This name has grown on me recently, and now, it's actually one of my favorites. I used to find it whiny, dated, and overly common, but not anymore. Now, I think it's charming, adorably tomboyish, and wearable for any age.

Selkit Says:


Huh, all this time I thought this name was pronounced DELL-uh-nee. Oops! I think it sounds pretty either way, and I love the meaning. Girls' names don't have to be all sweetness and light.

Eliane Says:


Am I the only one that pronounces it like De-LAHN-ee? I think that sounds more beautiful that De-LAY-nee, that sounds a bit like delay.

xaliciax Says:


Perfect name for a girl who's got spunk. Actually kind of mad another relative has used this before I can, haha.

DeLani Blitz Says:


My name is DeLani. I've always went by Dee but now I apreciate the beautiful name my mother gave me!!

laneyj Says:


My name is Delaney, but I go by the nickname Laney. :)

bboxbritt Says:


Lane or Laney
Del or Della

Margot_86 Says:


Whoah, what a badass meaning for a name! I love the sound of it and the definition. Could there be a nickname for it, though?

Amber Renee Says:


I read on other sites it can also mean "child of dark defiance". Personally I really love the sound and meaning of this name.

RagittyAndi Says:


I named my daughter Dalaney Jean in 96. I changed the spelling to DAL for my grampa Dale who died when I was 4 months pregnant with her. We usually call her Laney.

DolphinLover17 Says:


I love this name! Its not my number one favorite names but i still LOVE IT!

flora_kate Says:


I always thought this was pronounced DELL-uh-nee until I actually met a little little Delaney and realized my error. Either way, I don't really like it, the meaning is too dark for my taste.

Nicole4383 Says:


This is my niece's name. We call her Laney.

Angelicaecb Says:


I knew a girl whose last name was Delaney, completely ruined it for me too.

AprilRobin Says:


Thank you for replying my friend will greatly appreciate it :)

ShannonLim Says:


That would work! I love the name/nn Della. Although I know someone an Adelaide and have rather negative associations with Adelaide. However, its still a pretty cool name. Delaney would be a great choice too :)

AprilRobin Says:


A friend of mine wants to use this name but it was kind of ruined for her by a girl she knows so she was wondering if this could be a nickname for Adelaide since Laney can be a nickname for both as can Della. So could Delaney be a nickname for Adelaide? She would be greatful for any feedback