Gender: Female Meaning of Delia: "born on the island of Delos" Origin of Delia: Greek

Delia Origin and Meaning

The name Delia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "born on the island of Delos".

Delia is a somewhat neglected seductive southern charmer that stands on its own but also might be short for Adelia or Cordelia.

Delia's name is based on that of the Greek island of Delos, which in Greek myth was the home of Apollo and Artemis and was an epithet of the moon goddess Artemis, and later taken up by the seventeenth century pastoral poets.

In Britain it has been associated with the cookbook writer and broadcaster Delia Smith; in the U.S. with novelist/screenwriter Delia Ephron, who often collaborated with her sister Nora. There have been characters named Delia on Everwood and Ghost Whisperer.

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Pop Culture References for the name Delia

Deilyuh, Deliah, Delea, Delya, Dellya, Dehlia


wineaunt Says:


This has been a fav of mine since I was little and I saw Delia Smith books on the shelf! Whenever I mention it people are confused but I think it's elegant and unique.

Daiseymae Says:


That is the only way that I have every pronounced it. Delia Ryan from "Ryan's Hope".

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this, on its own, or as a short form of Adelia or Cordelia.

cqctb Says:


We named our daughter Delia and we absolutely love it, but it does come with some retrospect at this point. We get every pronunciation under the sun and were not at all expecting to have such an issue as we didn't think it was that uncommon of a name! She's been duh-lee-ah, da-lie-ah, deal-yuh, deal-e-ah, and the ever popular Delilah and Dahlia. For reference, we pronounce it dee-lee-ah. Just food for thought while choosing!

Beck Says:


My little girl is called Delia and we love it. Very unique. It was my nans middle name. It's pronounced Dee-lee-ya same as Celia or Cordelia :)

Delia Watson Says:


My name is Delia and I pronounce it DEE- lee- uh

Kayte Says:


I have a friend with this name and she pronounces it DEEL-yuh

kpearl8 Says:


I think this is supposed to be DEE-lee-uh, but I would say DELL-ee-uh.