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 "Name Your Own Family, Choose Their Family".
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.