Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Delan originally appeared in Gaelic as Dubhshlainte. The word dubh means black, and Slaine is topographical; it is Anglicized as Slaney, and may refer to the river Slaney.
Early Origins of the Delan family
The surname Delan was first found in Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Delan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delan research.Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1178, 1202, 1685, 1753, 1722, 1797, 1764 and 1765 are included under the topic Early Delan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delan Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Delan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Delaney, Delany, Delane, Delaune, Dalaney and others.
Early Notables of the Delan family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Daniel Dulany the Elder (1685-1753), Irish-born, prominent lawyer and land-developer in colonial Maryland, who held a number of colonial offices; and his son, Daniel Dulany the Younger (1722-1797), born in Annapolis, Maryland, was a Maryland Loyalist politician and Mayor of Annapolis (1764-1765.)... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delan family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence
began, many Irish settlers took the side of England
, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America and Australia
. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Delan or a variant listed above, including: Grace Delaney who settled in Western Bay, Newfoundland in 1740; Thomas Delaney who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1772; John Delaney who settled in Maryland in 1740.