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Where did the Irish Delaney family come from? What is the Irish Delaney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Delaney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Delaney family history?

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Delaney 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.

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Many spelling variations of the surname Delaney can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Delaney, Delany, Delane, Delaune, Dalaney and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delaney 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 Delaney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 201 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delaney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Delaney family came to North America quite early:

Delaney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Delaney who settled in Maryland in 1740
  • Anne Delaney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Delaney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Delaney, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Moses Delaney, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812
  • B Delaney, aged 41, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Patrick Delaney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • William Delaney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


Delaney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Grace Delaney who settled in Western Bay, Newfoundland in 1740
  • Patrick DeLaney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Delaney, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Delaney who settled in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1772

Delaney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Delaney, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • J P Delaney, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Delaney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Delaney arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "lady Emma" in 1837
  • William Delaney a farmer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
  • Patrick Delaney, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Delaney, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Delaney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Delaney, aged 43, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Cecelia Delaney, aged 40, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • James Delaney, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • George H. Delaney arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inflexible" in 1870
  • Johanna Delaney, aged 23, a dairymaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1870


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  • Miss Mary Delaney, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Kim Delaney (b. 1961), American actress best known for her role as Detective Diane Russell on the television series, NYPD Blue
  • Joe Alton Delaney (1958-1983), American NFL football running back
  • Francis James "Jim" Delaney (1921-2012), American silver medalist in the shot put at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • James Delaney (b. 1953), American former professional tennis player
  • John Adrian Delaney (b. 1956), American lawyer, politician and university administrator
  • Patrick "Pat" Delaney (1944-2013), Irish hurler
  • Pádraic Delaney (b. 1977), Irish actor
  • John Delaney (b. 1967), Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland
  • Frank Delaney (b. 1942), Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster, best known for his New York Times best-seller "Ireland"

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The Delaney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Delaney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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