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Gender: M Meaning of Desmond: "one from south Munster" Origin of Desmond: Irish surname Desmond's Popularity in 2012: #339

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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 339.

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.

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.

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Famous People Named Desmond

Desmond Harrington - American actor
Desmond Bishop - American football player
Desmond Bryant - American football player
Desmond Howard - former American football player
Desmond Tutu - South African activist
Desmond Morris - English zoologist
Desmond Dekker - Jamaican musician
Desmond "Des" McAnuff, American director
Desmond Bernard "Des" O'Connor, English comedian and singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Desmond

Desmond David Hume- character from TV series, LOST
Desmond Miles - Assassin's Creed protagonist
Desmond Jones, character from the Beatles Song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
Desmond "Dez," Bay Area rapper, Kreayshawn's son

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