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  • Anna Margaret Delaney (1893 - 1977)
    Birth: 1893 Death: Nov. 28, 1977 Family links: Spouse: Christopher Daniel Delaney (1894 - 1960)* Children: Violet M. Nentl (1916 - 1959)* Emmett C DeLaney (1922 - 1945)* Calculated rel...
  • Christopher Daniel Delaney (1894 - 1960)
    Birth: 1894 Death: Mar. 25, 1960 Family links: Spouse: Anna Margaret Delaney (1893 - 1977) Children: Violet M. Nentl (1916 - 1959)* Emmett C DeLaney (1922 - 1945)* Calculated relations...
  • Elizabeth Rodes (1759 - 1803)
  • TSgt Emmett Christopher DeLaney (1922 - 1945)
    ICYMI: Dutch family tends grave of Bend soldier Emmet C. De Laney died in the last days of WWII By Gary A. Warner, The Bulletin Published May 29, 2017 at 03:01AM / Updated May 30, 2017 at 05:50AM J...
  • John Delaney, U.S. Congress
    John Delaney, a Representative from Maryland; born in Wood-Ridge, Bergen County, N.J., April 16, 1963; B.S., Columbia University, New York, N.Y., 1985; J.D., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., ...

About the Delaney surname


The surname Delaney, and its variations, are the Anglicisation of two different surnames, the Gaelic Ó Dubhshláine, and De l'aunaie of Norman origins. The Norman name means “from the alder grove”, and the Gaelic comes from the words “dubh”, meaning black, and “slán”, meaning defiant. The surname is strongly associated with counties Laois and Kilkenny in the eastern province of Leinster.

According to the Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 Delaney has a number of meanings:

English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from any of various minor places in northern France named from Old French aunaie ‘alder grove’. Irish: Anglicized form, influenced by the Norman name, of Gaelic Ó Dubhshláine ‘descendant of Dubhshláine’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ + slán ‘challenge’, ‘defiance’. MacLysaght, however, suggests that this element may be from the Sláinge river."

It appears to be widely believed that the Normal origin is incorrect and that the name originates from Ireland. The name Dubslaine is recorded in "The Annals of the Four Masters", for year 878; the name was also recorded in the "Anglo Saxon Chronicles" for the year 891.

You can find out about some famous Delaney's on Wikipedia's Delaney page.

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