Desdemona Origin and Meaning

The name Desdemona is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "ill-starred".

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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Desdemona Popularity

Famous People Named Desdemona

  • Desdemona Fullmerpossible plural wife of American Mormon leader Joseph Smith

Desdemona in Pop Culture

  • "Desdemona"tragic wife in the play Othello by William Shakespeare
  • "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
  • Desdemonacharacter in the book "The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet" by Erin Dionne
  • Desdemonacat character in comic strips "Cicero's Cat" and "Mutt and Jeff," 1907,1945
  • Desdemona "Dez" werecat character in comic book "Angel: Aftermath"
  • Desdemonamoon of Uranus
  • Desdemonacharacter in Fallout 4
  • "Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)"play by Ann,Marie MacDonald