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Gender: F Meaning of Desdemona: "ill-starred" Origin of Desdemona: Greek

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Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time, there might be some adventurous parents willing to overlook that.

Jeffrey Eugenides used the name for a character in his novel Middlesex.

And for those seeking some celestial cred, Desdemona belongs to the Shakespearean Portia Group of satellites, which also includes Bianca, Cressida, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Cupid, Belinda and Perdita.

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Famous People Named Desdemona

Desdemona Fullmer, possible plural wife of American Mormon leader Joseph Smith

Pop Culture References for the Name Desdemona

"Desdemona," song by by Gene Anthony Ray in the TV's "Fame"
"Desdemona," song by British band John's Children
"Desdemona," play by Toni Morrison
Desdemona, character in the book "The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet" by Erin Dionne
Desdemona, cat character in comic strips "Cicero's Cat" and "Mutt and Jeff," 1907-1945
Desdemona "Dez," werecat character in comic book "Angel: Aftermath"
Desdemona, moon of Uranus