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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Delia
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Delia in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Delia:
Records indicate that 32,973 girls in the United States have been named Delia since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 489 people in the U.S. were given the name Delia. Those people are now 58 years old.
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Comments about the name Delia
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28 Positive Comments
"Like every woman that's pretty much commenting on this my name is ALSO Delia (I pronounce it DEAL-YA) Marcella, I was named after my great-grandmas and I'm just so IN LOVE with my name... when I was growing up I did not like it so much because I just thought it sounded OLD, hahaha... but now it fully fits the young woman I'm becoming and now I'm thinking that once I start having children of my own I'm gonna go with uniquely beautiful/handsome "classic" names... and I think it's AWESOME how so many of you have had the same pronunciation problems growing up that I've had, lol... LOVE TO ALL THE OTHER DELIAS OUT THERE!!! :) <3..." Mar. 18, 2015:
"MY NAME IS DELIA I DON;T KNOW WHERE THEY GOT THE NAME I LOVE MY NAME AND I TELL PEOPLE WHO CNA'T SAY MY NAME TO CALL ME D I RREAD WHERE U SAID MOST DELIA'S ARE 57 I AM NOT I AM 50 YEARS OLD I HAVE MET MAYBE 2 OTHER DELIA'S IN MY LIFE MY SISTER'S NAME IS DELLA SO IT CAN BE A TONGUE TWISTER LOL BUT I LOVE MY NAME IT'S UNIQUE AND I I AHVE NEVERED HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY NAME" Aug. 14, 2014:
"I named my daughter Delia Grace after maternal great grandmother. I love it, love how it's unique, feminine, pretty, and fits her perfectly. Any name suggestions on siblings? I want something equally unique! :)" Nov. 27, 2011:
"Hi...my name is Delia and I'm italian. Here its not a very common name and I actually met only 3 other Delia in my life but through FB I found out that overseas is quite common, 'specially in the Philipines. I didnt like it much when I was a kid but now I do...its original, sounds sweet. All the best to all of yous Delia in the world." Jun. 30, 2011:
"I'm thinkimg of naming my baby girl Delia Artemis Rose. i know it's a little out there but i think it's so cute and i love the whole two middle names thing. I learned of Delia from a book i read and Artemis was a Goddess in Greek Mythology i'm pretty sure and Rose just brings it all together. what do yall think?" Dec. 26, 2010:
"My name is Delia Kathleen Bridget. I was named after my great Grandmother who's real name was Bridget - so I took that name as well, later in life. I pronounce it Dee-lee-yuh, And I go by Del to friends. I love my name! It's uncommon and beautiful (:" Sep. 6, 2010:
"I named my daughter Delia Jean - Delia for her great, great grandmother Bridget (from northern County Mayo, Ireland) who was called Delia. Jean is for my mother. I picked two names that could be used as a nickname if my daughter was more of a 'tomboy;' she could go by DJ. Just something to consider when naming; I wanted to give my child some flexibility if she didn't like her full name. My daughter is 4.5 yrs old now and she always gets positive comments on her name. We pronounce it "Dee-lee-ah."" Jul. 1, 2010:
"I go to a store called Delia's and I always had trouble pronouncing it. A lot of people say Deh-lee- uh's or Deel-le-uh... The second way is how I pronounce it. Thanks for all the responses I think it can be said a bunch of ways! I love the name and thinking of using it in a book that I am writing,
Next time some people looking at the name Delia saying Delilah I'll make sure to say the right way!!!
Sorry for the long response!! :) luv, lezzy" May. 17, 2010:
"My name is Delia and I love my name :) I was named after my great grandmother as were many of the other girls on here or so I see.
It's a unique name for sure, everybody that I introduce myself to tell me it's a pretty name and "how unusual". I like hearing that because it makes me feel like one of a kind ;) Most people pronounce it wrong, but it's okay- I pronounce it Dee-lee-uh, but LOVE hearing it in spanish haha it just sounds exotic and elegant :) well that's my 2 cents on my name!" Feb. 2, 2010:
"My name is Delia and I prefer it pronounced (DEH-LEE-AH) spanish. I also have a niece and a friend with the same name. Beautiful and very uncommon. Which I think is great." Jan. 8, 2010:
"Its my 13 year old daughters name, I think it is the prettiest name ever. We pronounce it Deel-E-ah 3 syllables, insted or 2!" Dec. 19, 2009:
"My name is Deliah Sue Robison. My maiden name was Baker. I was born June 21, 1985. I love my name and I pronounce it (dee-lee-uh). People do confuse it with the name Delilah a lot. It is a common mistake because they glance and assume there are two L's and the H at the end of my version doesn't help with that confusion. Most people consider the name to be very beautiful and it is taken seriously in most any professional field." Dec. 12, 2009:
"My name is Delia and I absolutely love it. I will say that years ago in school I felt strange because very few pronounced it correctly. My name is Delia Eileen, and I love couldn't be happier with any other name." Oct. 1, 2009:
"love the name. it's my daughters name, Delia LeeAnn she is 6. we pronounce it DEEL-YA." Sep. 30, 2009:
"My name is delia and i love it!! i think it is soo pretty. i like it even better when you say it with my middle name " delia rose"" Aug. 6, 2009:
"my name is delia too. i am romanian and this is one of the most beautiful and uncommon names in my coutry. i get compliments on my name like daily!!! it is pronounced deleeah. the "e" sounds like the first "e" in "met". the reason for that is because it is a latin name and that's the right way to say it in latin. i have many american friends and most of them call me deeleea, which is just wrong!!! however, i love my name and i think it's beautiful." Mar. 7, 2009:
"love it! my daughter is delia kate. the celtic origin means strong." Mar. 3, 2009:
"My name is Delia. I've always pronounced it "del-ee-ah" in grade school. In college, most of my friends pronounced it in Spanish, like my family does. I hate it when people say it "deal-ya" or call me delilah. There's only one L. Either way I love the origniality!" Mar. 1, 2009:
"My name is Delia, I pronounce it in the Spanish form of (DEH-LEE-AH).
Used to hate it, now I love it." Dec. 19, 2008:
"My grandaughter is named Delia after her
g-g-g grandmother. Granny always was called
DE Lee and that is what we call our Delia unless she does something wrong then it is prononced correctly. My Granny was a Cherokee Indian born in 1888 so we know this name is very old. Untill my daughter named our little Delia we had never heard of anyone else with that name." Jun. 27, 2008:
"This is my daughter's name also (born 1996). We also pronounce it like "Celia" and "Amelia" not with the short "e" sound. I don't see how pronouncing it this way is wrong or in anyway confusing our kids. I have met women in their 80's with the same name and pronounce it the same way. I have had the same issues with her being called Delilah, however I have only had 2 people pronounce it with the short "e". One of those was from Cuba and the other from Canada. I don't know if there is a connection...but the majority rules in our life with it rhyming with Celia and Amelia!" Jan. 30, 2008:
"I named my daughter Delia Joy in 1992. I was about 8 months pregnant with her when I learned of the name, and it seemed like Delia was telling me that was her name. Most people confuse it with Delilah and pronounce it similar to that, but once they know it, they don't forget it. We pronounce it as if it rhymes with Celia. A lot of the time it comes out "Deelya". We're in the south. She's a stunning 15 year old girl now. She's the only Delia we know personally, and everyone loves her name." Jan. 6, 2008:
"I grew up with people mispronouncing my name all the time! I never found any "trinkets" with my name on them. I always had to spell my name for people. I thought I would change it to Del or Delya! My parents pronounced it correctly in Spanish but everyone else butchered it. Now as an adult I have survived all the childhood anquish of my name and delight when I do hear the correct pronounciation. My friend named her daughter after me and I was so honored. Now people compliment my name and I have grown into my name. I tell my 3 kids that one of them has to name one of the future grandkids after me!" Aug. 23, 2007:
"It's my sisters name. When we were kids I think she kind of wished she had something more common but now that shes grown up--its such an awesome name! Orignial and pretty..I love it." Jul. 16, 2007:
"I actually had a dream where the main character was named 'Delia' (dee-lee-Ah) - I had never heard the name before, but absolutely love it and will consider giving this name to my daughter." Jan. 29, 2007:
"I found when I was young people couldn't pronounce my name. I was usually called Dell-yah or dahlia it uasd to annoy me especially when it was a teacher in class because the other kids would laugh at me,now as an adult myself I love having an unusal name." Sep. 30, 2006:
"I appreciated my name because it is different and you don't meet too many Delia's. Although there are several pronunciations, even within my immediate family there are three." Dec. 12, 2005:
"Yes I too had a hard time of it as a child. I wished my parents had called me something everybody could pronounce without being told. There were also some hilarious spelling attempts made by others. Now that I am older I am very happy to have a name which is more unique. Good on you mum and dad :o)" Dec. 5, 2005:
1 Negative Comment
"First off, the name is beautiful, but you all have it wrong.. the name is pronounced with a short "e" ... as in DElia- DElta ... its common sense.. a "bee" would not be pronounced with an elongated "e" if it were not for the double "e" for example a "bed" is a short "e" not a long "ee" as that would end up in "beed" which ends up sounding like a bead! it is not an uncommon name, it is derived from europe... hence, many people know of it, and of its proper prononciation... if you want it to have an elongated "e" then on the birth certificate.. put a double "e" ... Don't confuse your kids more than they need to be!" Jan. 26, 2008:
31 Neutral Comments
"My name is Delia and I prefer it pronounced
(Deal ya) my friends call me Deals for short
and yes as with the other comments here a lot
of people get confused when hearing it or seeing
it on paper but it doesn't worry me! It's quite
funny at times. I love my name because it is so
unusual. :-)" May. 29, 2013:
"it is so hard for me to say, even with the pronounciation break downs." Aug. 27, 2011:
"MY NAME IS DELIA, AND YES MOST POEPLE CAN'T SAY IT. MY GREATGRAND MOTHER AND MY GRANDMOTHER WAS NAMED DELIA. I NAMED MY DAUGHTER SARA DELIA. I LOVE MY NAME. I ALWAYS KNOW WHO PEOPLE ARE TALKING TO, THERES VERY FEW DELIA'S." Feb. 11, 2011:
"My name is Delia iv always hated my name because is weird for everyone and noone can say it right and i just hate that but i think im kinda liking it now. but no one can find agood nickname for delia thats another reason hahahahah <3 :)" Jan. 27, 2011:
"My name is Delia, but with the Spanish pronounciation "Deh-li-uh". At least that's how I say it. My mom is Mexican and speaks both Spanish and English, I only speak English. I think she says it a little more authentically than I say my own name. Right now I am having a really hard time at college with my name. I made the mistake of not being a Nazi about professors saying my name right, and I've been left to perpetually be called by a name that is not mine. Some managed to listen to me when I told them my name and to get it right, or at least try and ask me till they got it. I understand why many people read my name and pronounce it "Dee-li-uh," but that's not me." Jan. 7, 2011:
"I love my name Delia and I pronounce it [Delia], because I am from Czech Republic. Here only 8 people have this name and I in my whole life did not meet any one of them. Pretty funny :-) So hello to you all" Jan. 4, 2011:
"My name is Delia and people loves my name.they always think that I have a very pretty name and they pronounced it as Deeliah but I don't mind how they pronounced my name so long as they write or spell it correctly. I love my name very much, it made me popular having an unusual name and I thanked my parents to call me this name as I have no choice when I was born." Nov. 22, 2010:
"I spell my name Deelia and I love my name because it is unique" Sep. 21, 2010:
"My great grandmas name is Delia. I think it's really cute. Thinking about it for my daughter. Love the nickname, Ellie. ;)" Jun. 19, 2010:
"I really love the name Delia, pronounced Deel-ya. I am having a hard time finding a middle name... Any suggestions??" Feb. 3, 2010:
"i'm reading the book delia's crossing by v.c andrews, and I always thought it was pronounced de-ly-ah." Jan. 3, 2010:
"This is my name! Never met anyone with the same one apart from the family member i was named after! I'm still deciding weather I like it or not .
x" Nov. 3, 2009:
"My name is also Delia. I pronounce it like "Celia". I love my name, because i was named after my great grandmother Bridget, who was nicknamed Delia. I've never met anyone my own age (16) with the same name, but two of my friends have very young cousins named Delia. I always get compliments on my name, and I hate it when people call me "Delilah"." Oct. 26, 2009:
"My name is Delia and I really don't like the name. I have shortened it to De and I am still the strong person that is described in it's meaning. Only my father called me Delia and then my middle name and I knew for sure I was in deep crap" Sep. 7, 2009:
"All my Irish family members with the name Delia pronounce it (DEEL-ya). The Mexicans call it Delia. It's the accent thing. Delia is a nickname for Bridget in Ireland. Also the name Bedelia is related to Delia and Bridget.
Irish Kathleen" Jul. 24, 2009:
"My grandmother was named Delia. It's was pronounced like Celia. She was born in Ireland." Apr. 16, 2009:
"I used to hate my name, but I like it now. I pronounce it Dee-lee-ah in English, and Dey-lee-ah in German. I hate it when people call me Deh-lia with a short 'E' like someone said above. Or Delilah. I don't mind the name Delilah, but it's not mine, so people should stop thinking that I'll respond to it.
I learned that it meant "to be seen", but I much prefer the Greek origin, the island of Delos, birthplace of Artemis an Apollo. I was pleased to hear this version, Artemis is probably my favourite goddess in mythology. I have more in connection to her than I previously thought.
I'm the only Delia I know personally, but I know a Delyah, even though she was named after me. She's almost precisely a year younger than me, which makes her 13 right now.
It's constantly misspelled and mispronounced and I have to repeat myself a few times, because people often hear "Julia" and "Celia". People tend to call me Delilah because they find it hilarious.
One thing I don't like about my name is that it can't be shortened, like "Elizabeth" to "Liz". And I can't stand it when people call me "Deelz". I can live with Delly, however.
Sorry for the ridiculously long comment" Apr. 16, 2009:
"I am reading V.C. Andrew's Book..."Delia's Crossing"...and I think it's a beautiful name, although I've never heard it before. I just was wondering about the correct pronunciation of it, if you came from Mexico, like in the book, the character came from Mexico.
Diana Lynn Beder
Greenfield, Wisconsin" Oct. 22, 2008:
"I'm Delia Rose. I was named after my great, great, great Aunt Delia who's name was actually Bridget. I love having an uncommon name. I get compliments on it all the time!" Oct. 10, 2008:
"my name is delia i love the name and people allways say how lovely my name is" Sep. 19, 2008:
"My name is DELIAH. im born in 1992... im 16. obviously lol. umm, my great great grandmothers name was Deliah. and my grandmothers middle name was Rose so my middle is Rose too. lol" May. 29, 2008:
"People often pronounce the name "Delia" with a short "e" as if the "Del" was the same as in "Delta." I pronounce it with a long "e" (Deelia) so that it rhymes with "Celia." I have even had people pronounce it like "Dahlia" (the flower); I have no idea where they got that from. Or sometimes they confuse it with "Delilah." I like the name, it comes from the ancient Greek, from the island "Delos" meaning "clear or bright."" Nov. 24, 2007:
"IN SPANISH IT IS SAID DEH-LEE-AH.JUST TO LET YOU KNOW. AND IT CAN MEAN COUPLE OF THINGS MOSTLY LOVELY,DARK,OR AN ISLAND." Jul. 26, 2007:
"Delia is Greek and means 'the one from Delos'. It is pronounced 'Dey-lee-a'. The girl in The Omen 3, Damien's biological daughter, was called Delia..." Mar. 11, 2007:
"im called delia n i love it! its soo unusual n everbody knows me by first name only! im d onli 1 i kno!! xx" Dec. 27, 2006:
"oh!!! am not too sure people know how to pronounce this name!!!" Oct. 8, 2006:
"I am called Delia. It is an unusal name but I think it is a mame which suits a girl at any age.Some of the names parents are giving their babies now may suit them as a child but will sound to put it mildly (stupid)" Sep. 30, 2006:
"Don't meet too many others with the name. Often my name is miss spelt as'Dehlia'. Also apprecaite it more a an adult, Delia Turner
From Delia Turner
DTurner@justice.gov.za" Sep. 28, 2006:
"Hi, my name is Delia and I too have experienced many wrong pronunciations of my name. First of all, I like "Del-ya" with a short "e" sound. I've had people call me "Dil-ya," "Dee-lia," "De-li-lah" and "Del-a". Then there are those who don't have a clue and pronouce it "Del-I-a" (stress on long I) or "Del-E-a" (stress on long E). What I find aggravating is that even when I tell everyone to call me "Del-ya" (short e), some people insist on "Dil-ya." I think it depends where you grew up. As this is my name I think I have the right to decide which way to pronounce my own name! Right?" May. 7, 2006:
"I've only met one other person named Delia. When I was a child, I hated the name - it was unusual and I wanted a common name. Now I LOVE my name. I pronounce it Dee-lee-ya (3 sylables). Most people pronounce it incorrectly - funny because people seem to know how to pronounce Celia." Feb. 16, 2006:
"Oh my goodness! Growing up were the worst times for mispronouncing my name! They would pronounce it "dee-yah" or Delilah "De-Lie-Lah".
It wasnt till I was grown that I really appreciated my name and started to make people pronounce it correctly!
My Mother pronounced it "Deee-Lee-A". But I also like the way latino's pronounce it "Dell- Lee- A"" Aug. 24, 2005:
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