Naming the Fishes

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Della

390px-DellaFoxSpanishIf you are looking for a name with flapper girl imagery, Della might be the one for you. And like many names from that era it is considered obscure now. Della reached its height of popularity in the U.S at #68 in the 1880s and finally drifted off the charts in the 1970s. That is a long time for a name to be around, almost 100 years. In 2010 Della was used 4 times in the UK. However I could see it gaining upward traction in the years to come, which brings me to its origin:

Della is the diminutive of Germanic names like Adela and Adelaide both meaning “noble.” These two names and Adele are gaining quite a bit of spotlight at the moment, and even though the common nickname is ‘Addie,’ Della could rise out of that as an alternative fresh nickname. (Hey, its possible!) I would also consider it (although not officially) a nickname for Cordelia. But then again it could totally stand on its own, as shown by its popularity over 100 years ago.

It also means “of the” in Italian.

Notable bearers include:

  • Della Fox (1870-1913), an American singing comedienne
  • Della Moore (1880-1926): the girlfriend of the Old West outlaw Kid Curry, who rode with the Wild Bunch gang.
  • Della Reese (1931-) , an American actress and singer
  • Della Leiter: Fictional character in the James Bond series. A friend of Bond, she is killed by a druglord’s henchmen in “A License to Kill” and Bond avenges her death.
  • Della Duck: Donald Duck’s twin sister; also the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck.
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2 comments on “Della

  1. C.B. Wentworth
    April 4, 2013

    Oooo, I really like that name. :-)

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