Delia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Delia

Delia

Pronunciation: DEEL-yə, DEE-lee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Delia:

Short form of Cordelia, Delia is also a feminine form of Delius, which is derived from the Latin delius (from the island of Delos). The name was used as a name for the Greek mythological goddess Artemis, whose supposed birthplace was on the island.

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Comments and insights on the name Delia: | Edit

Our daughter is named Delia and we have received many compliments. Sometimes people confuse it with Amelia when we say it, but once they get it right they don't forget.
I'd like to point out that you could also say this name as "Dahl-ya" (Dahlia) or "Dah-lee-a" which is beautiful as well.

Personal experiences with the name Delia: | Edit

Delia's is a brand of clothing and a popular catalog featuring trendy clothes for teen girls. It's hard for me not to think of the catalog when I hear the name.

There's also a chain of dry cleaners in California called Delia's Cleaners. As a Delia myself I have never experienced difficulty based on these associations. The Johnny Cash song, about the murder of a Delia, is more upsetting to me, but no reason not to choose the name. I've always loved being named Delia!

Nicknames for Delia: | Edit

i named my daughter delia(the second pronounciation) i call her dayle (i guess you could spell it however)

Dee
Lee
Lia

Meanings and history of the name Delia: | Edit

Also an Irish nickname for the full name Bridget!

Famous real-life people named Delia: | Edit

Delia Fiallo, writer of telenovelas.
Delia Smith, English television chef.
Delia Ephron, writer and sister of screenwriter Nora Ephron

Delia in song, story & screen: | Edit

Delia Green (1886-1900), a fourteen-year-old murder victim, was likely inspiration for several well-known traditional American songs, usually known by the titles "Delia's Gone" or "Delia" -- versions have been sung by Johnny Cash, Blind Willie McTell, Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger.

"Enraptured I Gaze, When My Delia is By", American folk song.

Delia Brown was a character on Everwood (2002-2006) played by Vivien Cardone

Delia Deetz, played by Catherine O'Hara in Beetlejuice (1988)

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