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Gender: M Meaning of Desmond: "one from south Munster" Origin of Desmond: Irish surname Desmond's Popularity in 2014: #329

Desmond is a sophisticated and debonair name, with noble ties to 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Desmond Tutu, and with some great nicknames: Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi. It is beginning to catch on in the US, now at Number 329.

Another notable Desmond is British zoologist and anthropologist Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape and other popular books.

The character Desmond David Hume on Lost was named in tribute to philosopher David Hume, and the name also appears on Oz. Desmond Harrington plays Detective Joseph Quinn on Dexter. Desmond Miles is the protagonist in video game series Assassin's Creed.

And we can't forget all the references to Desmond in the Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"—possibly used in tribute to reggae singer Desmond Dekker.

Famous People Named Desmond

Desmond Harrington, American actor
Desmond Lamont Bishop, American NFL football player
Desmond J. Bryant, American NFL football player
Desmond Kevin Howard, American NFL football player
Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African bishop and activist
Desmond John Morris, English zoologist and author
Desmond Dekker (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres), Jamaican musician
Desmond "Des" McAnuff, American theater director
Desmond Bernard "Des" O'Connor, English comedian and singer
Desmond Child (born John Charles Barret) American songwriter
Desmond Leo Haynes, Barbadian cricketer

Pop Culture References for the name Desmond

Desmond David Hume, character on TV's "Lost"
Desmond Miles, main character in video game "Assassin's Creed"
Desmond Jones, character from the Beatles Song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
Nora Desmond, character from "The Carol Burnett Show"

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