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Gender: Male Meaning of Desmond: "one from south Munster" Origin of Desmond: Irish surname Desmond's Popularity in 2017: #326

The name Desmond is a boy's name meaning "one from south Munster". Desmond is ranked #326 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Elimination Game!! (boys and girls)".

From the experts:

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.

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

Famous People Named Desmond

Desmond Lamont Bishop, American NFL football player
Desmond J. Bryant, American NFL football player
Desmond Child (born John Charles Barret) American songwriter
Desmond Dekker (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres), Jamaican musician
Desmond Harrington, American actor
Desmond Leo Haynes, Barbadian cricketer
Desmond Kevin Howard, American NFL football player
Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor
Desmond "Des" McAnuff, American theater director
Desmond John Morris, English zoologist and author
Desmond Bernard "Des" O'Connor, English comedian and singer
Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South African bishop and activist
Desmond Thomas Doss, American WWII Medal of Honor recipient; subject of film "Hacksaw Ridge"

Pop Culture References for the name Desmond

Desmond David Hume, character on TV's "Lost"
Desmond Miles, main character in video game "Assassin's Creed"
Desmond Jones, character from the Beatles Song "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
"Desmond" (1792) novel by Charlotte Turner about main character Lionel Desmond
Nora Desmond, character in film "Sunset Boulevard"
Desmond Poppy, character in the film “Nativity!”
Uncle Desmond, character from the film 'About Time'
Desmond Twite, alter ego of Abednego Twite in Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles books

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


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.