"one from south Munster"

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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Famous People Named Desmond

  • Desmond Lamont BishopAmerican NFL football player
  • Desmond J. BryantAmerican NFL football player
  • Desmond Child (born John Charles Barret) American songwriter
  • Desmond Dekker (born Desmond Adolphus Dacres)Jamaican musician
  • Desmond HarringtonAmerican actor
  • Desmond Leo HaynesBarbadian cricketer
  • Desmond Kevin HowardAmerican NFL football player
  • Desmond LlewelynWelsh actor
  • Desmond "Des" McAnuffAmerican theater director
  • Desmond John MorrisEnglish zoologist and author
  • Desmond Bernard "Des" O'ConnorEnglish comedian and singer
  • Desmond Mpilo TutuSouth African bishop and activist
  • Desmond Thomas DossAmerican WWII Medal of Honor recipient; subject of film "Hacksaw Ridge"

Desmond in Pop Culture

  • Desmond David Humecharacter on TV's "Lost"
  • Desmond Milesmain character in video game "Assassin's Creed"
  • Desmond Jonescharacter from the Beatles Song "Ob,La,Di, Ob,La,Da"
  • "Desmond" (1792) novel by Charlotte Turner about main character Lionel Desmond
  • Norma Desmondcharacter in film "Sunset Boulevard"
  • Desmond Poppycharacter in the film “Nativity!”
  • Uncle Desmondcharacter from the film 'About Time'
  • Desmond Twitealter ego of Abednego Twite in Joan Aiken's Wolves Chronicles books
  • Desmond the moon bearcharacter from the ASDF movies

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