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Ó Dubhshláine - anglicised Delany and Delaney, meaning 'black, of the river Slaney'.

Ó Dubhláin - meaning perhaps 'black challenge' has also been anglicised as Delany and Delaney, according to Woulfe in 'Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall' or 'Irish Names and Surnames' (1923).

The name Delane is found in Co Mayo; MacLysaght treats this as an abbreviated form of Delaney ('The Surnames of Ireland', 1985 et al), although it may stand for Ó Dalláin.

Delaney was recorded early in the barony of Galmoy in Co Kilkenny, and Ossory in Laois, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

These would be the origins of Irish Delaneys and probably the majority of Delaneys anywhere, in fact, through Irish immigration.

In Sir William Petty's 'Census' of 1659, the name occurs as a 'Principal Irish Name' in:

Co Kilkenny (all figures are for families)
Gowran Barony, Dulany (12); Fassagh Deinin, Dulany (23); Skillellogher, Dulany (6); Crannagh, Dulany (17).

Co Laois
Ossory Barony, Dullany (86); Upper Ossory, Dullany (66); Cullenagh, Dullany (19).

[Co Kerry-disambiguation:
there is a listing for O Dulinge, which would be the transplanted Ó Dúnlaing sept, who also came from Co Laois. This name is usually anglicised as Dowling].

By the time of Griffith's 'Primary Valuation' (1847-64) Delany is the most common spelling, and households were found in counties Laois (727) Kilkenny (259) and Tipperary (214).
Delaney registers lower numbers: Laois (18) Offaly (7) etc.

In the Registrar General's Report on births in 1890 Delan(e)y is the most common entrant for Co Laois.

There is also a distinct name of French origin, Delaunay (De l'Aunay) which may have become Delaney in some instances in Britain; though it is likely most Delaneys there too would be of Irish immigrant stock.The French name, meaning - of the alder grove, is still extant in France. Variants of it are Daunay, Dawnay etc. which are mostly found in Britain.

Two famous Delaneys:

Edward Delaney (1930-2009) Mayo born sculptor.

Arthur K. Delaney (1841-1905) Alaskan politician.

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Kurt D Roudabush

I'm looking for information on a John Delaney born in Ireland, The birthdate that we have is 29 Oct 1809. He came to America in 1843 and settled in Parnell, Mi. His birthdate is likely form the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parnell. I have not been able to confirm where he was from in Ireland, but there are some hints that he might have been from Offaly. His parents names may have been John and Bridget, but I have not been able to confirm this. Many Irish immigrants settled in Parnell. Those in my family include the last names of Conaty, Flynn, Noonan, and Gleason. In no case can I trace them back to the parents or even counties of origin in Ireland with any solid evidence. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.



Dave Delaney

looking for information Re: Martin Delaney born 1793 emigrated to Canada 1820. Died May 21st 1855 in Kirk Hill NS. He was a school teacher from 1835 to 1851 in Colchester and Kings County He was married to Sarah Coburn 1840 they had 5 children

Suzanne Delaney

My Delaney family is from either Offaly or Laois. Can anyone tell me how I can narrow this down? They all went to America during or after Potato Famine. I live in the UK now and can physically go. Are their county historians


Martin Delaney born County Carlow Ireland married Ellen O'Shea in Castlecomer co Kilkenny Ireland. Daughter Evelyn Mary Delaney Born 12//7/1891 and died 3/12/1943 in Cape Town, South Africa. Married Henry Houghton in Cape Town.


Prentice "sean" john Delaney son of dorothy johnson and prentice "pete" john delaney. Sean Delaney is known as the 5th member of KISS the rock and roll band. he is responsable for their show and wrighting songs , producing also .Sean Delaney also has his own album in 1979 "Sean Delaneys Highway" his headstone is in Orem Utah in the USA. it is also register on famouse grave sites. on the bottom it reads children Gene,Paul,Peter.Ace that is the band KISS. I am his only neice DeDe Mae Nichols. thank you


DELANEY 1833 Looking for birth certificate of Mary Ann Delaney born January 1,1833 or 1835 in Nenagh (co. Tipperary) Ireland. She immigrated to Canada 1852. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Kelly St-Denis Canada


most Irish Delaney don't agree with the name meaning black slaney as the old irish clan area has nothing to do with the area of the river slaney but would be more for black challenge or defiance and are their origin tuatha was in the north loais upland area are are the tuatha of the fruit tree


Father Thomas Patrick born in Stoneyburn nr Addiwell, westcalder, Scotland,1906 mother Mellis Mary Pitt born in Coventry 1919, both deceased, I had 1 brother Thomas,4 sisters, Theresa, Maureen, Frances, Janette deceased myself Ian John. looking for where my ancestors actually came from


I am searching for information about Bernard Delaney immigrated to the U.S. abt. 1880 married Bridget Cannon 1882 in Chicago Ill. Bernards parents were Daniel Delaney or Delany and Margaret Keating from county Laois Mount Mellick area. Please e-mail me any info abt. family still in Ireland. Thank You Jim Delaney


There is also a distinct name of French origin, Delaunay, which may have become Delaney in some instances in Britain though I dont doubt most Delaneys there too would be of Irish immigrant stock. It is the French name that has those variants Daunay, Dawnay etc, mostly found in Britain.


Delaney is a dual-origin surname. Delaney is from Gaelic O Dubhshlaine black, of the river Slaney, a sept of Laois. This would be the origin of Irish Delaneys and probably the majority of Delaneys anywhere, in fact, through Irish immigration.


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