Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dellyn 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 Dellyn family
The surname Dellyn 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 Dellyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dellyn 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 Dellyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dellyn Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Dellyn are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Delaney, Delany, Delane, Delaune, Dalaney and others.
Early Notables of the Dellyn 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 Dellyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dellyn family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Dellyn family relocated to North American shores quite early: 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.