"born on the island of Delos"

Delia Origin and Meaning

The name Delia is girl's name of Greek origin meaning "born on the island of Delos".
Delia is a somewhat neglected 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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Famous People Named Delia

  • Delia EphronAmerican writer
  • Delia Ann DerbyshireEnglish musician
  • Delia Salter BaconAmerican writer
  • Delia MatacheRomanian singer
  • Delia Parodifirst Argentine woman to hold a government post
  • Delia "Chikita" GonzalezAmerican boxer
  • Cordelia Caroline "Delia" ShermanAmerican fantasy novelist
  • Delia BoccardoItalian actress

Delia in Pop Culture

  • Delia York from Omen IV: The Awakening
  • "Delia's Gone" folk song
  • Delia Ketchummother in the Pokemon series
  • Delia "Dilly" Dedalusyounger sister of Stephen Dedalus, mentioned in James Joyce's "Ulysses"
  • Delia Browncharacter on "Everwood"
  • Delia Bankscharacter on "Ghost Whisperer"
  • Delia Ralstoncharacter from Edith Wharton's 1924 novella "The Old Maid"
  • Delia Delfanomain character on TV's "I Didn't Do It"
  • Deliacharacter in Sarah Dessen's "The Truth About Forever"
  • Delia Busbycharacter in Call the Midwife
  • Delia Deetzstep,mother of Lydia Deetz in "Beetlejuice"
  • Cordelia "Delia" Katherine Valentine Abbottdaughter of Chloe Mitchell & Billy Abbott on "The Young and the Restless"