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What is the problem with the name Delilah?

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coveredinsnot Mon 31-Aug-15 11:00:52

Is it just the biblical reference and meaning seductress?

I really like this name and we're struggling to find names we both like for our imminent DD.

Are there any other names that have a similar sound without the issues?

Savagebeauty Mon 31-Aug-15 11:01:50


SmugairleRoin Mon 31-Aug-15 11:11:47

It's in the same mental grouping as Jezebel for me, though the reference is probably less well known as a prostitute.

Also there's that painful song Hey There Delilah.

Thalia or Alannah?

thehypocritesoaf Mon 31-Aug-15 11:12:19

Why why why?

QOD Mon 31-Aug-15 11:12:21

Why why why Delilah

Tom Jones

Fab name. Love it!

JustOneMinuteAtATime Mon 31-Aug-15 11:13:29

Yeah...not so much Hey There Delilah as Tom Jones.

And the prostitute thing.

reuset Mon 31-Aug-15 11:16:42

I don't think there is a problem with the name Delilah, perhaps only if you set great store by the religious narrative.

It's certainly popular enough, it's in the top 200 for sure. People are using it. Not languishing in obscurity like Jezebel.

coveredinsnot Mon 31-Aug-15 11:20:51

Tallulah sounds more prositutey to me for some reason although it is pretty.

And yes, 'the prostitute thing' - would I really want to do that to my DD? No, I just don't think I can...

annandale Mon 31-Aug-15 11:22:24


2tired2bewitty Mon 31-Aug-15 11:25:44

That Hey There Delilah song turned out to have a deeply creepy backstory, probably why you don't here it anymore confused

2tired2bewitty Mon 31-Aug-15 11:27:13

*hear blush

coveredinsnot Mon 31-Aug-15 11:27:20

What was it?

SmugairleRoin Mon 31-Aug-15 11:28:55

Wow what was the backstory to Hey There Delilah? I've been looking it up but haven't found anything.

For the record, I think Jezebel is a nice sounding name, apart from the stripperyness from it. :D So is Delilah. But it is one of those I would never, ever use.

BiscuitMillionaire Mon 31-Aug-15 11:32:04

"Why why why Delilah

Tom Jones

Fab name. Love it!"

Um - she's murdered by the man singing the song. So not really a great association to give your child. 'I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more'

JustOneMinuteAtATime Mon 31-Aug-15 11:32:23

It looks like it was written about an unrequited crush on a friend with a boyfriend.

reuset Mon 31-Aug-15 11:33:05

Delilah wasn't a prostitute that I recall. There was a prostitute mentioned, who was involved with Samson, but it wasn't her (one of my childhood bible stories has them as married though confused so I'm struggling to remember details). She was certainly a treacherous character and I thought this was the main objection. Will consult Google.

reuset Mon 31-Aug-15 11:34:25

I've never heard of Hey There Delilah (whatever that is, another song?)

AuditAngel Mon 31-Aug-15 11:34:29

Delilah was on our middle name list for DD1 as it is her Godmother's name.

In the end, DH and baby were kicked out of the operating theatre during the CS and when they asked him the baby's names he used my middle name for DD which was also on the shortlist of 3 names.

Our priest was very approving of the names Gabriela Faith, nit sure what he would have thought of Delilah!

emotionsecho Mon 31-Aug-15 11:35:58

I don't think there's a problem with Delilah. If you like it use it people in real life are not half as judgemental as people on MN, are unlikely to make the connection with the biblical Delilah, you may get the odd person singing the Tom Jones song but her peer group as she grows up won't.

SmugairleRoin Mon 31-Aug-15 11:39:53

I see. Interesting about Hey There Delilah, never would have thought that about it.

Delilah will be yer one in the Bible to many people, agreed that the Tom Jones reference will die out - I certainly didn't know it. I stand by it sounding strippery though.

reuset Mon 31-Aug-15 11:40:52

Thinking of those Delilahs I do know of (only one personally and not recently) it seems to be the choice of the hipster parent grin

Lunastarfish Mon 31-Aug-15 11:42:35

I know a toddler Delilah, albeit it has been shortened to Lilah

BitOutOfPractice Mon 31-Aug-15 11:44:26

I don't think the back story to "Hey There Delilah" is "creepy". Unusual yes. Creepy not so much

thehypocritesoaf Mon 31-Aug-15 11:47:02

The tom jones ref won't die out for a long time but I wouldn't let it worry you.

PantryofWhoGivesAFuck Mon 31-Aug-15 11:48:17

I know a three year old Delilah.

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