[ 3 syll. de-lia, del-ia ] The baby girl name Delia is pronounced in English as DIYL-iy-ah or DIYL-Yah †. Delia's language of origin is Germanic, Latin, and Old Greek. It is predominantly used in Welsh, English, Greek, Italian, German, and Spanish. From Old Greek roots, its meaning is 'from Delos' - in this context, Delia can be used in the English and German languages. The first name is derived ultimately from the name of the Greek island Delos, which in Greek mythology was the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo; Delos was adopted as an epithet of Artemis. Delia first appeared in literature, as the name of a shepherdess mentioned briefly in Virgil's Eclogues, and later in the love poems of the 1st-century BC Latin poet Tibullus as a pseudonym for his first love, a girl named Plania. The name was first adopted by English speakers at the end of the 16th century, popularized by the pastoral poet Samuel Daniel's cycle of sonnets to Delia (1592). The name also appeared in later 17th- and 18th-century literature, especially pastoral works.
In addition, Delia is a contracted form of the English and Italian Adelaide in the Welsh language.
Delia is also a familiar form of the English, German, Dutch, Italian, Latin, and Spanish Amelia in the English, Greek, and Italian languages.
Delia is also a variant form of the Irish Bedelia.
Delia is also a familiar form of the English and German Cordelia in the English language.
Delia is also a variant form of the English Delicia in the Spanish language.
Delia is also a familiar form of the Spanish Fidelia in the English, Greek, and Italian languages.
Delia is also a variant form of the Dutch, English, and Hebrew Odelia in the English language.
Delia has 20 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant forms of the name include Deelea, Deelia, Deelya, Dehlia, Delea, Deleah, Deli, Deliah, Deliana, Delinda, Deliya, Deliyah, Della, Dellia, Dellya, Delya, and Delyah. Another English variant is the contracted form Dee (also used in Spanish). Variant forms used in foreign languages include the German Deliane and the Polish Delja.
Delia is an unusual baby girl name. In 1900, 0.073% of baby girls were named Delia. It was #207 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is of only sporadic use today. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Delia, Amelia was the most commonly used.
Baby names that sound like Delia include Deelea, Deelia, Deelya, Dahlea, Dalea, Daleah, Daleia, Dalialah, Dalicia, Dalisay, Dalisha, Dalyah, Dalyla, Dalylah, DeLisa, Delcea, Delea, Deleah, Delecia, and Delesha.
† Pronunciation for Delia: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Delia is Chef Delia Smith, born 18 June 1941, Woking, Surrey, England.