SEARCH FOR A PERSONAL NAME Whats in a name - a survey of first names

Use * for one or more unknown letters
Use ~ before name for Soundex search
Delia (F)>

Delia (female)

Diminutive for:Bedelia (F)
Pet Name for:Bridget (F)
Derivative(s):Della (F)
Derivative of:Bedelia (F)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communications [various]

English of unclear origin.

ONC gives the derivation as of Greek origin, referring to the Island of Delos.
Whyte suggests that Delia originated as a shortened form of Bedelia which is a view shared by many correspondents in the US.  Delia is found as a pet name for Bridget which is suggested as a variant. of Bedelia.

Neither of these main sources considers Delia likely to be an abbreviation of Cordelia which appears to have probably been a name invented by Shakespeare in King Lear.

Delia is not found in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire.