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PRONOUNCED: DEL-sin (Popular Culture)
CONTRIBUTOR: Ora on 3/21/2014
Meaning & History
Meaning "he is so, he does so".
Delsin can be found as a word in the Walam Olum, a book loosely based on Lenape/Delaware mythology dating from the 1800s. The book however was written by a man with no Native American background from information he patched together. In the book's glossary delsin is listed as meaning 'is there', with w'dellsin meaning 'he is so' or 'he does so', which has been extrapolated into the meaning of Delsin as a given name. Though the authenticity of the word is uncertain, older authentic Lenape dictionaries list the word wdellsowagan, meaning 'behavior', which suggests that delsin and w'dellsin may be genuine Lenape words.
A noted bearer of the name is one of the main characters of the popular inFamous video game series, Delsin Rowe of inFamous: Second Son. Delsin is Okomish Native American, a fictional tribe created by game developers Sucker Punch specifically for the game. He is a street artist who discovers he is a conduit (super-powered being) and is forced to go on the run as all conduits are being rounded up by the government; this leads him to Seattle where he discovers just what he is capable of and forces him to decide whether to use his powers for good or evil.