Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Delilah

The name Dalilah has Hebrew origins from the name “Dlila” meaning "[one who] weakens." Not such a positive meaning, we get it. But once you’re familiar with Delilah from the Bible, then you’ll understand. The name Delilah is borne from the story of Samson and Delilah in the Old Testament book of Judges 16:4-20. Arguably the first femme fatale in human history (if you’re willing to excuse Eve), Delilah is the manipulative seductress of Samson. The story goes that Samson was dedicated to God at birth by being born a Nazarite to a barren mother. Nazarites (as explained in Numbers) were not allowed to drink fermented beverages, come in contact with a corpse, or cut their hair. Unfortunately, Samson could only stick to one of these rules (the hair part). Strong and mighty of proportions that only the Bible can conjure up, Samson roamed the lands eating animal carcasses, picking fights, killing people, antagonizing the Philistines and fornicating with prostitutes. Enter Delilah. Apparently, she had him at “hello” because he quickly divulges to her the secret source of his strength – his hair. Having received a bounty from the Philistines, Delilah arranges for his hair to be cut off while he unwittingly sleeps on her lap. Mighty like an ox was Samson, but apparently not the sharpest knife in the Israelite drawer and old Delilah took advantage of this fact (hey, a girl’s gotta make a living, right?). Despite her rather…eh-hem…colorful story, the name Delilah gained regular use among English speakers from the late 17th century onward. Usually considered more of an “exotic” name, people of English descent don’t appear to be swayed by the general negative connotations of the Biblical story. In fact, perhaps they embrace it. Is it fitting that her name is pronounced de-LIE-lah? Notice the accented syllable. You decide.

All About the Baby Name – Delilah

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME DELILAH

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME DELILAH

As you can see from the U.S. popularity graph below, the name Delilah has not been one of the more heavily used girl’s names in the history of America. However, it has been in fairly constant use if even at low levels of popularity. Everything changed for this name in July 2007 thanks to the hit song “Hey There Delilah” (by the Plain White T’s) which became the most-played song on the radio that month, achieved #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, sold over 4,000,000 singles and was the hottest download on iTunes. Every once in a while a song is a game-changer for a name, and Delilah is an example of this (like Eric Clapton’s “Layla” or the 70s band Bread with the song “Aubrey”). “Hey There Delilah” brought the name Delilah into the American consciousness, and parents across the U.S. responded with a new-found appreciation for this old Biblical name. Luckily, Americans aren’t bothered by any negative aspects associated with a name’s history. Delilah is a gorgeous name and we love her bad-girl image from the Bible. It just gives her that added spunk.

Quick Facts

ON DELILAH

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Hebrew

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

135

PRONUNCIATION:

deh-LIE-lah

SIMPLE MEANING:

One who weakens

Characteristics

OF DELILAH

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Delilah

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DELILAH

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Delilah

Popular Songs

ON DELILAH

Samson and Delilah
a song by the Grateful Dead

Modern-Day Delilah
a song by KISS

Theme from "Sanson and Delilah"
a song by Nina Simone

Hey There Delilah
a song by Plain White T's

Delilah
a song by Tom Jones

Beautiful Delilah
a song by The Kinks

Famous People

NAMED DELILAH

Delilah Rene (radio personality)
Delilah L. Beasley (early African-American journalist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DELILAH

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Delilah

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DELILAH

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Delilah