Gender: Male Meaning of Desmond: "one from south Munster" Origin of Desmond: Irish surname Desmond's Popularity in 2018: #323

Desmond Origin and Meaning

The name Desmond is a boy's name meaning "one from south Munster".

Desmond is a sophisticated and debonair name, with noble ties to 1984 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Bishop Desmond Tutu, and with some great nicknames: Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi.

Another notable Desmond is British zoologist and anthropologist Desmond Morris, author of The Naked Ape and other popular books.

The character Desmond David Hume on Lost was named in tribute to philosopher David Hume, and the name also appears on Oz. Desmond Harrington plays Detective Joseph Quinn on Dexter. Desmond Miles is the protagonist in video game series Assassin's Creed.

And we can't forget all the references to Desmond in the Beatles song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"—possibly used in tribute to reggae singer Desmond Dekker.

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Pop Culture References for the name Desmond

Desmond, Dez, Desmund, Desy, Desi, Dezi, Des, Esmond


Nameofthewind Says:


Named my little one Desmond and have gotten so many compliments from everyone who hears his name! Love that it is a familiar name to people but still uncommon. We use the nicknames Des and Desi.

D_burr Says:


Damn near all of Ireland was a “slum” when the Kingdom of Desmond was a thing...we’re talking about a place existing centuries ago. Anyone who hears Desmond today, as a surname or a first name, and associates them with slumminess is someone who knows enough about Ireland to sound smart but clearly just doesn’t like the name. Using centuries old realities of impoverished Ireland that no one today thinks about when they meet a Desmond is a bit odd. My cousin Dermot Desmond-Celtic F.Cs largest shareholder-has touched more money this week than you or I will see in our lives...a Macroom man no less.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like it.

indiefendi2 Says:


Incredibly, endlessly handsome. Sounds like a king to me!

headintheclouds Says:


Super effortlessly cool and debonair-type name to me, with a similar feel to Miles and Rupert. Sounds very British-elegant, and saying Desmond feels like you're introducing "Bond, James Bond" IMO! :) Des is a nice nickname.

ejmcg22 Says:


Not as sophisticated as it seems, the Des at the start refer to Deis or Deise, an area of east Munster- a poor area of the city of Waterford. Basically it means from a slum. It does sound nice but is long associated with the lower classes in Ireland. DEIS is now a general term referring to a disadvantaged school.

fuzzycub Says:


Sophisticated and handsome. Nickname could be Des.