Delaney Family History

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Delaney Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): habitational name for someone from any of various minor places in northern France named from Old French aunaie ‘alder grove’. Irish: Anglicized form, influenced by the Norman name, of Gaelic Ó Dubhshláine ‘descendant of Dubhshláine’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ + slán ‘challenge’, ‘defiance’. MacLysaght, however, suggests that this element may be from the Sláinge river.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Devaney, Deloney, Delancey, Delanoy, Delane, Dolney, Heaney, Delage

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Delaney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Delaney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Delaney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Delaney Family Origin

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Delaney Family Occupations

What did your Delaney ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Delaney occupation in the USA was Laborer. 18% of Delaney's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Delaney. A less common occupation for the Delaney family was Keeps House.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


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Delaney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 216,000 census records available for the last name Delaney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Delaney census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Delaney. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Delaney. For the veterans among your Delaney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Delaney Life Expectancy

What is the average Delaney lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Delaney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Delaney in 1941 was 24, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Delaney ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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