Origin: Hebrew דְּלִילָה
Meaning: “delicate; weak; languishing.”
The name is derived from the ancient Hebrew source dal meaning “delicate; weak; poor.” The name is found in the Old Testament in the Book of Judges 16 as the name of the woman Samson loved and who eventually ended up betraying him to Philistines. The name was never used among Jews due to the character’s bad associations, but for whatever reason, was a very popular name among the 17th-century Puritans of England and North America. It has only recently become common in the general population, more specifically Mexican-Americans. It has also recently come into usage in Israel.
Currently, Delilah is the 187th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Dalila (Catalan/Czech/French/Italian/Polish/Portuguese/Romanian/Spanish)
- Delíla (Czech)
- Delila (Dutch/German/Hungarian/Scandinavian)
- Dalíla Дали́ла (Russian)