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Quick Facts on Desmond

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 330
Simple meaning:
Man from South Munster, Ireland

Characteristics of Desmond

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Desmond

Desmond is the transferred use of an Irish surname, derived from the Gaelic "Deasmhumhnach" which was a regional classification for a ‘man from south Munster'. The Kingdom of Munster (or Desmond) was an ancient Irish kingdom in southwestern Ireland named after one of its earliest kings, Mumhan. By the 17th century, Munster was partitioned between Counties Cork and Kerry and so no longer exists except as a notable province or cultural region. Back in the late 10th and early 11th centuries, the legendary Brian Boru led his warriors to victory and took the kingship of Munster. He would eventually extend his authority to the kingdoms of Leinster and Connacht to the north briefly uniting Ireland under one kingdom, until his untimely death in 1014 while defeating those persistently pesky Viking invaders. He is probably considered the most venerated High King of Ireland. Munster became fractured by the 12th century but was still home to several powerful dynasties, including the MacCarthys and then the later Anglo-Norman settlers, the FitzGeralds. Munster’s native supremacy was gone forever. The name Desmond has spread to all English speaking countries and is currently experiencing a bit of a revival.

Popularity of the Name Desmond

Desmond rarely appeared on the American naming charts for boys in the early part of the 20th century. However, by the 1960s, the name finally took hold. The usage of the name increased by an average of 300 positions on the charts per decade in the 1960s and 70s, and then seemed to level off in the 1980s. There was one exception: the name Desmond saw a big jump in one year alone (1985). This was right after Cape Town’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. By the 1990s, Desmond started slipping down the naming charts again – back down to fairly low levels of usage. However, since 2006, it appears as if Desmond is once again on the upswing. Hard to say where the name will go from here. Desmond is an interesting name; we were surprised to see that it had Irish roots. You don’t think of Desmond when you think about Irish male names (like Sean, Seamus, Patrick, Malachi, Kevin or Brian for instance). No, Desmond is more like the name Oscar – where you’re like, “That’s Irish!??” And did you know that the Beatles’ song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968) is about a couple named Desmond and Molly? Paul McCartney wrote the song about an expression he heard from a Nigerian conga-playing acquaintance of his: "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, brah".
Popularity of the Boy Name Desmond
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Desmond

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Desmond

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Desmond

    Desmond We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Desmond.

  • Popular Songs on Desmond

    Popular Songs on Desmond

    Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - a song by The Beatles

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Desmond

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Desmond

    Desmond and Garrick Book One (Hayden Thorne) - It's 1815, just after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo and Garrick Mortimer is a scholar extraordinaire, an underemployed and starving genius. Desperate, he agrees to sign on as tutor to Desmond Hathaway, the youngest son of a vampire family living in Yorkshire. Desmond, who's suffering terrible heartbreak caused by another boy's callous treatment of him in school, rebels against Garrick's attempts at educating him and does everything he could to chase Garrick away, which proves to be a greater challenge than he first believes. When Desmond's older brother returns from Italy for a visit, bringing with him a small group of talentless and self-absorbed poets, his (and Garrick's) world turns upside-down, mainly when he meets Leigh Blaise Sherbourne, a vampire poet who seems to detest Desmond and also harbors secrets regarding his past. Throw into the mix a desperate mother's plea for grandchildren, a family-owned torture chamber, a curious cottage-abbey-and-quarter-castle, and a grumpy family magician, and Garrick finds that life in the Hathaway household is a great deal more than he bargained for. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Desmond and the Fancy Dress Party (Althea) - Desmond the dinosaur is excited to be invited to a fancy dress party. But his costume scares the other guests! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Desmond and the Naughtybugs (Linda Ashman) - Desmond is a sweet boy, usually. But it’s hard to be good when the Naughtybugs show up, and you never know when they might appear. On Monday morning, before school, the Sloggies slow him down with Dawdle Dust. On Tuesday afternoon, a Pesky orders him to topple a pile of apples in the grocery store. On Wednesday, the Squirmies and their spritzers full of Fidgey Mist ruin dinner at a restaurant. How will Desmond and his parents ever survive the week? In a playful and loving conclusion, Desmond and his parents defeat the Naughtybugs—at least until next time… Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Desmond the Dog (Nick Denchfield) - Desmond the dog used to be quiet and friendly, that's until he learnt how to bark and chase cats. Now he's a bit of a loud mouth, and messy with it. Each of these characteristics is brought to your attention through pop-ups. But if you think Desmond's naughty, you should see his sister. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Desmond Tutu: Fighting Apartheid (Samuel Willard Crompton) - Read about this world leader and Nobel Peace prize winning man dedicated to freedom. Recommended for ages 11-15.

    Disappearing Desmond (Anna Alter) - Desmond likes to disappear, blend into the background, and hide in the cleverest of places. But when a new student named Gloria arrives at his school, Desmond finds himself noticed for the first time. Can Gloria help Desmond get used to the life in the spotlight? Anna Alter’s charming story is an original and reassuring take on overcoming shyness. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Desmond

    Famous People Named Desmond

    Famous People Named Desmond - Desmond Tutu (Nobel Prize winner, peace); Earl of Desmond (aristocratic title held in Ireland)

  • Children of Famous People Named Desmond

    Children of Famous People Named Desmond

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Desmond - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Desmond.

  • Historic Figures

    Desmond - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Desmond - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Desmond.

Personality of the Boy Name Desmond

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 - Desmond

  • No Variations Found.
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