Gender: Male Meaning of Dempsey: "proud, haughty" Origin of Dempsey: Irish

Dempsey Origin and Meaning

The name Dempsey is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "proud, haughty".

Spunky Irish surname that still has a pugnacious feel from its lingering association with one of boxing's greatest champs, Jack Dempsey. Many people may associate it more with Patrick Dempsey these days—McDreamy from TV's Grey's Anatomy.

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Pop Culture References for the name Dempsey

Dempsy, Dempster


DempseyE Says:


As a young female with the name Dempsey, I don't find it too bad. I often get compliments on it in fact and am yet to meet another with the same name as me in real life.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


This is the last name of the president of my college, the name of one of the buildings at my college and the middle name of my boyfriend. This name has been passed down from generation to generation in my boyfriends family. He wants to use it on our baby boy. I don't hate it but I'm not in love with it, but i'm compromising for his sake. We like most the same names so it works well that we don't fight. We have very similar minds so picking names isn't hard.

roseofjune Says:


Okay so the meaning of Dempsey is "proud, haughty" and it bears resemblance to words like demented, dumpster, and damp- I'm going have to say no to poor Dempsey.

Lara Says:


Thanks for the honest feedback. It's definitely a top name for us. So we are big fans. But I can totally understand your points, especially having a unique name now vs 70s/80s.

Dempsey Says:


I would say it would probably be a better name today with it being 2016 than it was when I was going to school in the70s and 80s. You gotta think back then there were mostly just common names such as Mike or David or Paul or John etc whereas now there are so many unique names that it would just fit in better if that makes any sense. The older I got the more I liked it but as a kid it waa sometimes rough. I do get complimented on it quiet a bit and the biggest problem is with people that have never heard the name is with the spelling of it. I know my Dr. every time I go in for a checkup or just anything is like Dempsey that's such a strong name unlike my name ( Jackie) so I certainly appreciate it more now than I did as a kid

Lara Says:


Why don't you like the name? I really like. Would love to hear feedback from someone with that name.

Dempsey Says:


Honestly, I've met 3 more people with the name with one of those being a girl and I actually thought it was pretty cool. It is a very unusual name.

clairels Says:


Really? I always really liked this. Would it work better for a girl?

Dempsey Says:


My name is Dempsey trust me don't do it

BabyNameCrazy95 Says:


So tempted to use this for my little boy due August 2014 can't think of any bad nicknames and I don't think this name is too out there :) x