The name Dempsey is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "proud, haughty". Dempsey and is often added to lists like Athletic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Generation Game with Namebanks!".
From the experts:
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.