Gender: Female Meaning of Desdemona: "ill-starred" Origin of Desdemona: Greek

Desdemona Origin and Meaning

The name Desdemona is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "ill-starred".

Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because the beautiful and innocent wife of Othello came to such a tragic end, her name has been avoided for centuries. But at this point in time, there might be some adventurous parents willing to overlook that.

Jeffrey Eugenides used the name for a character in his novel Middlesex.

And for those seeking some celestial cred, Desdemona belongs to the Shakespearean Portia Group of satellites, which also includes Bianca, Cressida, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Cupid, Belinda and Perdita.

16 names similar to Desdemona

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Desdemona. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Desdemona, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Desdemona using our baby name generator.


- this week

Famous People Named Desdemona

Pop Culture References for the name Desdemona


seafoamxox Says:


My close friend wants to have a baby named Desdemona in the future :)

Petrova James Says:


Desdemona is so beautiful,and a lot of people say that it would be fine to use it as characters name,but no one would like it IRL.I think that if a baby Desdemona is born,it woulb be so beautiful.

Daiseymae Says:


A most definite NO!

EW314 Says:


It is a cool name, but not for real-life use. It's a one-character name.

alyssum Says:


I've always loved this name. But now that I've had to read Othello, it's just too sad. :(

headintheclouds Says:


Desdemona's super elaborate and dramatic, and while it sounds lovely, I personally find it too much to be usable IRL- better leave it on ill-fated TV/book characters. I don't like its negative meaning- how much more directly bad can it get than "ill-starred"- and that it has the word "demon" in it, though you can't quite tell from the way it's pronounced (Des-DE-mo-na instead of Des-DEE-mo-na).

rgp19 Says:


I like the painting by Moreau but I don't think this would work as a baby name. I also don't like that it has the word demon in it.

jordalini Says:


I wish this name could shed its story :( Because it is totally awesome

Candler Says:


beautiful unusable though.