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Gender: Female Meaning of Delilah: "delight or to flirt" Origin of Delilah: Hebrew or Arabic Delilah's Popularity in 2018: #94

The name Delilah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "delight or to flirt". Delilah is ranked #94 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".

From the experts:

Delilah has shed the stigma of its biblical beguiling-temptress image, and is now appreciated for its haunting, melodic, feminine qualities. Checking out Delilah's popularity graph shows that Delilah's use is heading straight for the top. Right now, Delilah is among the most popular Hebrew names for girls in the US as well as the Number 1 girls' name starting with D.

There is a Camille Saint-Saens opera Samson and Delilah and Welsh singer Tom Jones has been singing the praises of Delilah for decades; other musicians who have sung about her include Chuck Berry and Queen. Delilah was Whoopi Goldberg's character's name in When Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin have a daughter named Delilah Belle. Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro also named their baby girl Delilah.

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Famous People Named Delilah

Pop Culture References for the name Delilah

Delilia, Dalila, Dalilah, Dalialah, Delila

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Comments

I'm Dakota Says:

2019-03-20T19:30:02

Such a beautiful name. I'm sad it's getting so popular. :(

TechnoKitten Says:

2019-01-02T14:17:33

Reminds me of that song

sofiaishere Says:

2018-06-11T12:53:12

Delilah is nowhere near Jezebel.

HarrietKimberleyG Says:

2018-04-12T03:32:46

Delilah-Jane, Rosette and Freya are perfect triplet names.

cheesy-biscuit Says:

2018-03-09T14:33:27

I feel like if I named my daughter this all the parents would say 'what's it like in new York city?' smh

Xiao Casa Says:

2018-03-02T20:17:29

If anyone likes this name but isn't sure about the associations, a possible alternative might be Dahlia.

Ella Says:

2017-09-30T03:08:57

Hey there Delilah.....

Daiseymae Says:

2017-07-17T18:25:12

It is a beautiful name, and if you like it then use it. I know an 8 year old Delilah. I don't think she worries about her name.

denmama9 Says:

2017-04-08T21:29:49

I think the problem is more that the Biblical association is either the only or the first one people have for the name Jezebel, and for some people for Delilah, as well. I don't think it has anything whatsoever to do with sexism. I don't know of too many Samsons in literature or history, other than the one in the Bible; not too many people using that name. Peter, Paul, and David are names found in thousands of stories and every Western culture and language I've encountered. The Biblical stories are not likely to be the only time people encounter those names. It's the same sort of thing as the name Jemima. Lovely, lovely name. Unfortunately, it's pancake syrup in the US. If I lived in Britain, that name would be on my short lists. But since I live in the US, I think first of syrup. Juliet, Romeo, Ophelia, Scarlet, Rhett... the list goes on. Until there are enough positive - or even just other - associations for a name, it's going to be linked to it's strongest literary or historical source. People have to not think of Scooby Doo to use the names Velma or Daphne. People need to not think of a villain before they'll name their daughter Jezebel or Delilah. It seems that Delilah is beginning to break free, like Juliet and Scarlet already have. Time will tell.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:

2017-04-08T20:03:06

^^^Yes!! Thank you! You make an amazing point. As much as I love Rachel from friends, I have to agree with the person who commented above me. I'll no longer let that sexist double standard deprive me of loving the name Delilah. Because it's beautiful, ultra-feminine (which I love), and I had a good friend growing up who was named Delilah.

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-10T23:33:06

Beautiful, but prefer Delia, and find that more usable

roxymo Says:

2016-11-23T18:52:41

My name is Roxanne and I love my name! When I was a kid I actually loved when people would break out in song when they heard my name. Sure, it got old but it made me feel special in a way. Only thing I didn't like is when people asked if I was named after the song since it's clearly about a prostitute. That is the reason I would struggle with Delilah. I personally can't stand Hey There Delilah so I wouldn't want everyone to ask if she was named after that. But it is such a beautiful name!

Minky Says:

2016-06-27T08:00:25

Gorgeous sounding name

Hydra Says:

2016-06-22T01:15:16

Because people like them.David stared at Bathsheba while she was bathing,and his own son,Absalom,led a revolt against him,but you don´t see people refraining from using those names,do you?And Saul,before he became Apostle Paul,harassed and persecuted Christians.Both Saul and Paul are used fairly normally.Peter denied Jesus three times,and even spoke for the devil,yet no one seems to care about that.I could list a lot more,most of which are much worse,but I think that´s enough.Pretty much the only difference is male/female;biblical women´s sins are more prominent than mens,regardless of how bad the actual sin is,or why it was committed.And while Delilah and Jezebel may not have been the best,they were probably better than most people in the bible,in terms of sinning.

NykkiJo Says:

2016-06-22T00:03:25

Alongside Jezebel, it has terrible and embarrassing associations to link with your little girl.

There are lovely, ultra feminine names with equally pleasant meanings. Why pick this one?

rayshack757 Says:

2016-04-16T15:51:11

I LOVE this name, but not only does my brain go to 1. Biblical whore, 2. Hey there, Delilah, but also 3. Delilah after dark. We considered Roxanne for our first daughter, but EVERYONE kept singing the Police song...or Roxy from Chicago. It became gut wrenchingly annoying. Every. Single. Time. the name was mentioned people broke out into song. I love Delilah, but I don't know if I can take everyone's karaoke.

Justinaburke Says:

2016-03-15T07:19:59

Florence and th machine Adlai have a song called Delilah.

FantasyandPrayer Says:

2016-02-05T16:22:50

I really don't like the "hey there Delilah" connection (I've never liked the song) but other than that I really like it, maybe as a middle name?

Beth Says:

2015-12-17T10:37:01

Sounds so romantic. I think it will be associated with "Hey There Delilah" for a long time, and the song is no doubt responsible for boosting the name's popularity.

Greece33582 Says:

2015-07-14T23:33:22

Like rachel(friends)said don't name your child after a biblical whore

headintheclouds Says:

2015-06-21T22:36:06

I definitely think of Hey There Delilah :) I don't think of the biblical temptress association all that much. Delilah is a manic-pixie dream girl in my mind- a Delilah to me would be a Zooey Deschanel-like quirky and eccentric personality, who exists for a male protagonist to moon over, write songs about and become a stepping stone towards him understanding the meaning of life. That, plus the similar sound to delight and it being rather too cutesy and darling-sounding for my tastes, is what kind of puts me off Delilah.

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T11:35:09

It actually doesn't sound that soft. It sounds balanced and beautiful, but i can understand your reasoning.

wavygirl Says:

2015-05-28T11:31:21

Luv this name!

Daiseymae Says:

2015-04-19T22:24:08

I loved this name as a child.

ThistleThorn Says:

2015-02-17T01:04:35

What's it like in New York City?

gmdx Says:

2014-12-21T05:33:18

Really pretty, but I can't use it. It's my family's dog's name

jojobabyberry Says:

2014-09-04T15:26:43

Probably my favorite name.

ldougie Says:

2014-08-24T21:33:13

This name means to flirt. Keep that in mind. I also think it sounds way too feminine, but thats just my opinion.

Dalila Says:

2014-08-22T19:54:05

I loved having a fairly unpopular name... now looks like everyone and their momma is naming their baby Delilah =( Thanks Plain White T's. I have to admit it is a very sweet song though.... Btw "Beautiful Delilah" is actually Chuck Berry's song not The Kinks'

DearestJules Says:

2014-07-03T07:47:06

Maybe, but it's still pretty. I can understand why it's so popular.

basilietea Says:

2014-07-03T07:22:03

Hey there, Delilah... What's it like in New York City? This name is so pretty! The association with the song is a bonus.

Guest Says:

2014-06-16T16:40:27

I can't get past the conniving seductress association.

CocoWhite Says:

2014-04-15T05:38:15

Delilah sounds a bit overdone to me. Too frilly and soft.

Giinkies Says:

2014-02-27T20:53:54

I would use this name, but I was raised Roman Catholic and have very religious family members, so I need to find a name the whole family will love.

Emily2011 Says:

2014-02-18T04:28:16

"Welsh singer, Tom Jones has been singing her praises for decades." To be clear, Tom Jones sings about stabbing her to death while she mocked him for his rage at her infidelity.

beeba Says:

2014-02-16T14:27:34

Love love love this name