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

Deirdre Origin and Meaning

The name Deirdre is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "sorrowful".

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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Starelli Says:


In Canada, I've heard it pronounced 'Deir-dra' or 'Deir-dreh' but never -dree.

Blinkonekatietwo Says:


Wow, I was surprised to see how many people disliked this name so strongly. I thought it had a nice sound. Maybe it's just the pretty rich lady image that the minor character, Deirdre Robespierre, on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gives it for me, personally. I can see why so many shy away from it, though, considering the unfortunate meaning. I don't know if I'd ever use it, but I still think it's kind of pretty.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't like Paula either, so guess there are a few of us who aren't fans of our own names...!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like Deborah, though - but not Debra, that awful "phonetic" spelling. It bothers me. The people who use it should listen to how Jarvis Cocker pronounces Deb-or-ah in "Disco 2000". There are three syllables. They don't all get clearly pronounced each time or need to be, but Debra - just no, no, no...!!!

paulapuddephatt Says:


It is pronounced "deer-dree" in UK. Look up old Coronation Street episodes on You Tube for clarification.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Me too.

indiefendi2 Says:


sister of Dolores...

morning_glory Says:


I have NEVER heard anyone pronounce it DEER-druh or DEER-drah. It's always DEER-dree. I can't understand either of these pronunciations (unless they're a largely American thing and we English say -dree rather than their -drah or -druh?).

marundriel Says:


Pronounced "Deer-druh" (definitely not "Deer-dree"), we chose this name for our spunky, spirited, adorable little girl a couple years ago, so I have to speak up for it! I find it to be a strong name, simple yet sophisticated, feminine yet not overly so. I'll admit to a few pronunciation and spelling issues, but I'd think you'd get those with the seemingly trending Gaelic names anyway and that doesn't seem to bother people.

Brianna Nicole Says:


There's a little Deirdre I know from work (I work at a school) who goes by Deary. I find that darling and endearing. *shrug*

Deirdre C. Says:


Deirdre is my name. Tail end of the boomer gen. You are 100% right. Very grating sound. I don't know what my parents were thinking!

Deirdre C. Says:


My name is Deirdre. My advice to those considering it as a name for their baby is maybe think again. It's constantly mispronounced and misspelled. I personally dislike the harsh sound of the name and I've had two English boyfriends who told me that in England it's an ugly old lady name and a complete turnoff, so much so that one called me Dee instead. Unfortunately I hate Dee even more. There is NO good nickname, except perhaps Dree, but 99% of the time Dee or DeeDee is what people choose. I grew up wanting to be named Valerie. If it wasn't a hassle to legally change I would have done so long ago.

Haids1987 Says:


I think of this name as DEER-drah. :-)

SimoneKadele Says:


When I eight and reading Nancy Drew, I pronounced this DAYR-dree in my head. The real pronunciation isn't any more appealing to me.

Zelliew Says:


DIerdre has always seemed dreary to me

headintheclouds Says:


This is another one of those names from the boomer generation that I absolutely dislike. The spelling and the sound is grating to me- Deir with another sound or -dre with another sound would be all right, but them together make the name harsh to the ears IMO.

Then again, it would probably sound fresh to the next generation, and there'd probably be a bunch of little Barbaras, Deirdres and Debras running around in the future, just as now is the age of Violets, Charlottes and Eleanors.

Carolyn Says:


Deirdre was the most beautiful woman in Ireland, her beauty caused kingdoms to fall.

befx217 Says:


makes me think of Deirdre Barlow, which doesn't have the best connotations