Quick Facts on Demi
- American, Greek
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- The Master Builder
- Large Undertakings
Etymology & Historical Origin - Demi
Demi is a diminutive of Demetria, a name derived from the Greek goddess Demeter. Demeter comes from the Greek elements “de” (δε) meaning “earth” and “meter” (μητηρ) meaning “mother” which is an appropriate etymology for the Greek goddess of agriculture. Demeter (or Ceres as she’s known in Roman mythology) mainly ruled over Greek’s staple food production: corn. Her stories were developed to explain the cycles of the seasons, the health of the vegetation and the inconsistencies of the harvest. One of Demeter’s most prominent mythologies surrounds that of her beloved daughter Persephone. Without informing Demeter, Zeus gave their daughter to Hades (god of the underworld). Inconsolable, Demeter wandered the earth in search for her child and soon stopped producing food on the earth. Fearing the end to mankind, Zeus sent his messenger god Hermes to retrieve Persephone. Hades agreed to let her go but placed some pomegranate seeds (the food of the dead) in her exit path. As a consequence of Persephone eating the seeds, she must return to the Underworld for four months of the year. Persephone returns to earth in the seasons of spring, summer and fall, but is back with Hades in the winter when plant life doesn’t flourish. Demeter is not a common name, but Demetria and Demi are used from time to time.
Popularity of the Name Demi
The popularity of the name Demi on the charts exactly corresponds with the popularity of the actress Demi Moore and again later with Demi Lovato. So we have to say this one is almost solely a pop-culture inspired name. Parents using it are probably not aware of the Greek goddess Demeter. Demi as a female given name first appeared on the female naming charts in 1991 which is the year following the release of a massively successful film called “Ghost” (1990) starring a young Demi Moore (b. Demetria Gene Guynes). Not surprisingly, the name Demi soared onto the charts at an impressive first time position of #656. The name stuck around on the charts for eight respectable years before new Hollywood ingénues made us all forget about Demi Moore. For 10 years (1999-2008) Demi fell off everyone’s radar and off the American naming charts. The name reappeared in 2009 but this time owed its usage to another mainstream “tween” pop-culture personae: Demi Lovato (b. Demetria Devonne Lovato) who became well known in a Disney sitcom called “Sonny with a Chance”. It’s because of these two well-known women that we can thank for the name option Demi, but to-date Demi Moore did “moore” to popularize the name than Demi Lavato has yet to accomplish as a famous name bearer. We have to say, though, Demetria sounds prettier and Demi is best kept as a nickname. But Demi isn’t “half” bad (FYI, “demi” is the French word for “half”).
Popularity of the Girl Name Demi
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Demi
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Demi
Demi We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Demi.
Popular Songs on Demi
Demi - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Demi.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Demi
Demeter & Persephone: Spring Held Hostage (Justine Fontes & Ron Fontes) - This graphic novel tells the story of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, Persephone. Demeter rules over a perpetual summer on earth, where crops, trees, and flowers grow in abundance. Persephone, young and beautiful, unknowingly attracts the attention of the lonely god of the Underworld, Hades. Hades kidnaps Persephone, and a frantic Demeter searches in vain for her daughter. Finally, Demeter retreats to her temple in mourning. The goddess's sorrow causes the crops to die and the ground to freeze. The first winter falls over Greece. As people begin to starve, the other Olympian gods and goddesses try to convince Demeter to accept a marriage between Persephone and Hades. But Demeter will not give up her daughter forever to the Underworld. Finally a compromise is struck: Persephone will stay with Hades for half a year (winter). When she comes back from the Underworld to spend half a year with her mother, spring returns to earth. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Demi
Famous People Named Demi - Demi Moore (actress); Demi Lovato (actress/singer); Demi (children’s book author)
Children of Famous People Named Demi
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Demi - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Demi.
Demi - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Demi - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Demi.
Personality of the Girl Name Demi
The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.
Variations of the Baby Name - Demi