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

The name Desdemona is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "ill-starred". Desdemona and is often added to lists like Bad Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplet Game - Girls and Boys".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Desdemona

Desdemona Fullmer, possible plural wife of American Mormon leader Joseph Smith

Pop Culture References for the name Desdemona

"Desdemona" character in the play Othello by William Shakespeare
"Desdemona," song by by Gene Anthony Ray in the TV's "Fame"
"Desdemona," song by British band John's Children
"Desdemona," play by Toni Morrison
Desdemona, character in the book "The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet" by Erin Dionne
Desdemona, cat character in comic strips "Cicero's Cat" and "Mutt and Jeff," 1907-1945
Desdemona "Dez," werecat character in comic book "Angel: Aftermath"
Desdemona, moon of Uranus
Desdemona, character in Fallout 4
"Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)", play by Ann-Marie MacDonald


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.