Desmond - Meaning of Desmond
[ 2 syll. de-smon(d), des-mo-nd ] The baby boy name Desmond is pronounced as DEHZMahND †. Desmond has its origins in the Celtic language. It is used largely in English and Irish. The meaning of Desmond is 'from south Munster'. The first name is derived from the Gaelic surname Deas-Mhumhan (Old Irish), originally a local name for someone from one of ancient Ireland's five regions called south Munster. The present spelling of the name was influenced by the Norman name Esmond. The earls of Desmond were influential landowners in Munster, and their fame promoted the use of the first name. The first name spread in use from Ireland to England at the end of the 19th century.
The name Desmond is used to a great extent; it has 33 variants that are used in English and foreign languages. English variants of Desmond include Desmand, Desmea, Desmee, Desmey, Desmi, Desmie, Desmon, Desmonde, Desmun, Desmunde, Desmy, Dezmea, Dezmee, Dezmey, Dezmi, Dezmie, Dezmon, Dezmond, Dezmonde, Dezmun, Dezmund, Dezmunde, Dezmy, and Esmond. Other English forms include the shortenings Demond and Des, the familiar forms Desy, Dezi, and Dezzi, and the spelling variant Desmund. Deasun (Irish) and Deasún (Irish) are variants of the name that are used in foreign languages. The shortening Desi (Latin) is another foreign variant.
Desmond is rather popular as a baby boy name. The name's popularity has been growing since the 1950s. Its usage peaked modestly in 2018 with 0.053% of baby boys being named Desmond. It was #323 in rank then. Among all boy names in its family, Desmond was the most widely used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Desmond include Dezmunde, Demond, Desmand, Desmonde, Desmunde, Dezmonde, Donaidh, Dumonde, Dundea, Dundee, Dundey, Dequante, Diamunde, Diontae, Diontay, Diontaye, Dumonte, Dusyanta, and Diamante.
† Pronunciation for Desmond: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Desmond:
Activist Desmond Tutu, born 7 October 1931, Klerksdorp, South Africa.
Actor Desmond Llewelyn, born 12 September 1914 - 19 December 1999.
Author Desmond Bagley, born 29 October 1923 - 12 April 1983, Kendal, Cumbria, England.
TV Presenter Desmond 'Des' Lynam, born Desmond Michael Lynam 17 September 1942 - Ennis, County Clare, Ireland.
Zoologist Desmond Morris, born Desmond John Morris 24 January 1928, Purton, Wiltshire, England.