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

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.

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Famous People Named Dempsey

Dempsey Burges, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
Dempsey Cothrin Wilson, American racing driver
(Perce) Dempsey Tabler, American actor
Dempsey Travis, American civil rights activist
Dempsey Hovland, American baseball promoter
Dempsey Pappion, American actor
Dempsey W. Morgan, American WWII pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen
Gerald Dempsey "Buster" Posey III, American baseball catcher
Quinlin Dempsey Stiller (b. 2005), son of actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Jack Dempsey, American boxer
Patrick Dempsey, American actor
Clint Dempsey, American soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Dempsey

"Dempsey and Makepeace," British TV series about main character Lt. James Dempsey
Zachary "Zach" Dempsey, character in Jay Asher's novel and Netflix's series 13 Reasons Why

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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