Origin of the Name Delaney
The origin of the name Delaney
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Delaney
include Delany, Delane and Dillane. This name is Dubhshlainte in Irish , Delaney being a phonetic rendering of this. An earlier anglicized form of this was O'Dulany. Felix O'Dulany, Bishop of Ossory, 1178-1202, built Saint Canices Cathedral in Kilkenny. This Irish sept originated in Coilluachtarach, now Upperwoods, at the foot of Slieve Bloom in Barrow, County Leix. In 1659 it appears as a principal Irish name in the four Baronies of Leix and in five in Kilkenny. It is in these Counties today that the name is most numerous. Michael Ronald Delaney was a champion athlete at the 1956 Olympic Games, and came from Dublin .
The Delaney coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Delaney descendants.