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Lulabel27 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:51:31

Due to have twin girls very soon and saw in my baby name book that "Delta" means "4th born girl" but looking on Internet can't see any evidence to back that up. Twin 2 would be my DH's 4th daughter (my3rd) so it'd be quite nice to give it as a middle name but has anyone else heard of this meaning?

MeerkatMerkin Wed 14-Nov-12 19:53:21

Well it is the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet so it does have numerical meaning.

hatebeak Wed 14-Nov-12 20:11:44

It makes sense, but because alpha can be used to mean strongest or best (ie alpha male) it also sounds a bit like a euphemism for "not as good, lower-ranking". Like in Brave New World, where the caste system is Alphas (highest), Betas, Gammas, Deltas, Epsilons (the lowest caste)...

PurpleGentian Wed 14-Nov-12 22:53:23

It makes sense in a way, if you think about the order of the Greek alphabet - but I just think of the way it's used in maths/ science, which means a change in values, because I see that a lot at work.

i.e. if the temperature changes from 15 deg C to 20 deg C, then the delta temperature is 10 deg C.

I think that there's also some sort of river formation that's called a delta, but it's a while since I did geography, so not totally sure on that.

showtunesgirl Wed 14-Nov-12 22:55:16

I think Quadrant but then I watched too much Star Trek growing up. grin

SomersetONeil Thu 15-Nov-12 01:46:39

I'm going to lower the tone right down and say 'Goodrem'... hmm

sparkle12mar08 Thu 15-Nov-12 12:58:02

My first thought was Goodrem, closely followed by Quadrant, too!!! It's pretty enough but not one for me I'm afraid.

Lulabel27 Thu 15-Nov-12 13:35:55

Ha to be fair my first thought was also "Goodrem" then the mathematical meaning of difference between two figures... Hmm I think my baby name book is the only place it means 4th born daughter. I will blame my
Pregnancy hormones! Thank you everyone

Greenwing Sat 17-Nov-12 13:54:03

I think she might prefer a middle name with a nice meaning, a family name ... or just a pretty name you liked!
Since not that many people know the Greek alphabet (I am guessing?) the meaning that jumps out and hits me is the geographical term of a river delta.

To my ears it is as odd as naming using 'tributary' or 'source' as a middle name!

Allalonenow Sat 17-Nov-12 14:01:50

Delta Air Lines was the first thing I thought of.

SuiGeneris Sat 17-Nov-12 14:10:23

It was also the name of a fairly ugly car. And the brave new world castes were my first thought.

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