origin and comes from the family once having lived beside the water. The surname Delley originally derived from the Old English word
from ancient times. Dell means literally in the Saxon dialect "a dweller by the water," or "dell" a glade.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Delley family name include Dell, Delle, Dells and others.