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Gender: Female Pronunciation: deer-drah Meaning of Deirdre: "sorrowful" Origin of Deirdre: Irish

The name Deirdre is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "sorrowful". Deirdre and is often added to lists like Irish Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Sadly, this strong Celtic name often has "of the sorrows" attached to it because of the tragic character in Irish legend. Also a bit drab when compared with newer Irish imports.

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Famous People Named Deirdre

Deirdre Blomfield-Brown, birth name of Pema Chodron, American Buddhist nun
Deirdre "Dede" Demet Barry, American cyclist
Deirdre Nansen McCloskey (born Donald McCloskey), American trans economist and author
Deirdre Lovejoy, American actress
Deirdre O'Connell, American actress
Deirdre Hughes, Irish camogie player
Deirdre Bair, American writer and biographer
Deirdre O'Kane, Irish comedienne
Deirdre Mullins, Irish actress
Deirdre Connolly, Irish singer of group Cherish The Ladies
Deirdre Cartwright, British guitarist and TV presenter
Deirdre Coleman Imus, American author and radio personality; wife of radio host Don Imus
Deirdre Flynn (b. 1945), daughter of actor Errol Flynn & Nora Eddington
Deirdre Phyllis Ulrica Hart-Davis (1909-1999), English socialite included in The Book of Beauty by Cecil Beaton

Pop Culture References for the name Deirdre

Deirdre Shannon, Nancy Drew's nemesis
Deirdre Burroughs, character in "Running with Scissors" by Augusten Burroughs
Deirdre Anne Barlow, character in British soap "Coronation Street"