Quick Facts on Desiree
- English, French, Latin
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Characteristics of Desiree
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Desiree
The English get the name Desiree from the French Désirée derived from the Late Latin “desideratum” meaning ‘desired, wished’. The male form is Désiré which was the name of a 6th-century French saint who helped to popularize the name in medieval France. As a courtier at the court of king Chlothar I, King of the Franks, St. Désiré was effective in combating heresy and simony thanks to his peacemaking skills. He was eventually made bishop of Bourgues and apparently performed miracles. His feast day is May 8th. However, what popularized this name among English speakers was a 1954 film called “Désirée” starring Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. The film was based on the 1952 bestselling biographical novel of the same name which fictionalizes the story of Désirée Clary who was engaged to Napoleon Bonaparte before Joséphine. After Napoleon broke off their engagement, Désirée would later become Queen consort of Sweden and Norway when she married Charles XIV John of Sweden. Desiree as a female name among English speakers has enjoyed modest success.
Popularity of the Name Desiree
The name Desiree made her first appearance on the American female naming charts in 1954 – the same year the film mentioned above was released. The name instantly jumped over 650 positions up the charts the following year. This demonstrated a remarkable triumph for a once obscure name. The name slowly grew in popularity in the ensuing years. Desiree achieved a spot on the Top 100 list in only one year (1983). The height of Desiree’s popularity was during the 1980s and 90s, but since we’ve entered the 21st century, American parents appear to be tiring of this French beauty. Desiree has a sophisticated French flair and is a name to consider for Francophile parents out there (Camille, Celeste, Chloe, Claire, Giselle, Jacqueline, Josephine are more of our French favorites). Desiree is indeed a “desirable” name and I “wish” it was mine!
Popularity of the Girl Name Desiree
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Desiree
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Desiree
Désirée (Désirée) Désirée is the title character in this historical and biographical novel written by Annemarie Selinko. The Chicago Tribune called it “An epic love story...irresistible reading." To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiancé, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Désirée explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two, giving readers a compelling true story of an ordinary girl whose unlikely brush with history leads to a throne no one would have expected. An epic bestseller that has earned both critical acclaim and mass adoration, Désirée is at once a novel of the rise and fall of empires, the blush and fade of love, and the heart and soul of a woman.
Popular Songs on Desiree
Désirée - an operetta by John Philip Sousa
Desiree - a song by Keith Urban in The Ranch
Desiree - a song by Laura Nyro
Desiree - a song by Neil Diamond
Desiree - a song by The Left Banke
Children's Books on the Baby Name Desiree
Désirée's Quest For Freedom (Garlyn Webb Wilburn) - Désirée grew up a mulatto slave in the household of Sam and Susie Robinson. At ten years old her mother died, leaving her alone with no family as the only slave of the Robinsons. Shunned by black slaves and accepted only as a servant by the whites, she yearns to be part of a family, to be loved, to have friends, to marry-to be free. The only solace she finds is in the friendship of Rachel, a white girl her age. In 1832 the Robinsons, along with Rachel's family, join a wagon train bound for the sparsely settled Mexican province called Texas. It is there, through many unexpected hazardous events, Désirée finds herself alone in a hostile wilderness. With the help of an Indian friend she finds refuge in a most extraordinary place. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Adventures of Penelope Desiree Montclair, Age 10 (Lisa Day) - Penelope is a delightful, spunky and fun-loving girl who knows how to enjoy the simple things in life. This funny, heartwarming and refreshing story is a treasure, as Penelope's passion for life and curious spirit contribute to her many adventures. You will enjoy the experience of getting to know Penelope and will come to love her and know her as a best friend. The Adventure's of Penelope Desiree Montclair, Age 10 is an entertaining breath of fresh air. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Desiree
Famous People Named Desiree - Désirée Clary (Swedish royalty); Desireé Bassett (rock guitarist)
Children of Famous People Named Desiree
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Desiree - Bob Dylan (musician)
Personality of the Girl Name Desiree
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Desiree