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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dempsey

"Dempsey" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Descendant of the Proud One". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)
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  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Dempsey

Dempsey was born Dempsey Pappion on August 27th, 1979.

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Dempsey was born on February 25th, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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Dempsey Wilson is a formula one racer.

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Dempsey J. Barron was a President of the Florida Senate. Dempsey was born on March 5th, 1922 in Andalusia, Alabama. He died on July 7th, 2001.

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Dempsey was born on December 11th, 1918. He passed away in 1979.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey is an actor and race car driver. His most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Patrick was given the name Patrick Galen Dempsey on January 13th, 1966 in Lewiston, Maine, U.S.

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Jack Dempsey was a boxer. Jack was born on June 24th, 1895 in Manassa, Colorado. He left this life on May 31st, 1983.

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Clint Dempsey is a soccer player for the Seattle Sounders FC, Dallas Texans Soccer Club, Furman Paladins, New England Revolution, Fulham F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., United States men's national under-20 soccer team, and United States men's national soccer team. Clint was born on March 9th, 1983 in Nacogdoches, Texas, United States.

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Martin Dempsey is a military person. His military service ended in 2015.

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Harry Harrison was a science fiction and satire writer and illustrator. He was most prominent from 1951 to 2010. Harry was given the name Henry Maxwell Dempsey on March 12th, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. He died on August 15th, 2012.

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Bull was born on January 16th, 1988 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Bull is also known as Smith and James (birth name).

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How popular is the baby name Dempsey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 0 11
1882 6 0 6
1883 9 0 9
1885 6 0 6
1886 5 0 5
1889 5 0 5
1890 6 0 6
1891 5 0 5
1892 8 0 8
1893 5 0 5
1894 7 0 7
1896 6 0 6
1897 5 0 5
1900 6 0 6
1901 6 0 6
1903 9 0 9
1904 5 0 5
1905 5 0 5
1906 7 0 7
1907 10 0 10
1908 6 0 6
1909 13 0 13
1910 12 0 12
1911 11 0 11
1912 12 0 12
1913 17 0 17
1914 18 0 18
1915 32 0 32
1916 25 0 25
1917 36 0 36
1918 44 0 44
1919 107 0 107
1920 98 5 93
1921 108 0 108
1922 81 0 81
1923 82 6 76
1924 41 0 41
1925 59 0 59
1926 53 0 53
1927 76 0 76
1928 68 0 68
1929 49 0 49
1930 55 0 55
1931 41 0 41
1932 40 0 40
1933 43 0 43
1934 42 0 42
1935 35 0 35
1936 26 0 26
1937 41 0 41
1938 45 0 45
1939 35 0 35
1940 30 0 30
1941 47 7 40
1942 42 0 42
1943 37 0 37
1944 39 0 39
1945 35 0 35
1946 38 0 38
1947 41 6 35
1948 48 0 48
1949 54 0 54
1950 38 0 38
1951 41 0 41
1952 32 0 32
1953 32 0 32
1954 43 0 43
1955 39 0 39
1956 31 0 31
1957 32 0 32
1958 46 0 46
1959 34 0 34
1960 24 0 24
1961 33 0 33
1962 27 0 27
1963 20 0 20
1964 36 0 36
1965 23 0 23
1966 17 0 17
1967 17 0 17
1968 22 0 22
1969 16 0 16
1970 26 0 26
1971 11 0 11
1972 19 0 19
1973 24 0 24
1974 25 0 25
1975 16 0 16
1976 14 0 14
1977 12 0 12
1978 11 0 11
1979 23 0 23
1980 23 0 23
1981 9 0 9
1982 14 0 14
1983 13 0 13
1984 14 0 14
1985 8 0 8
1986 8 0 8
1987 19 0 19
1988 16 0 16
1989 15 0 15
1990 14 0 14
1991 15 0 15
1992 17 0 17
1993 18 8 10
1994 15 0 15
1995 20 5 15
1996 34 12 22
1997 22 0 22
1998 27 9 18
1999 17 0 17
2000 24 5 19
2001 9 0 9
2002 18 0 18
2003 18 0 18
2004 10 0 10
2005 22 5 17
2006 23 0 23
2007 37 9 28
2008 40 11 29
2009 44 16 28
2010 56 9 47
2011 93 25 68
2012 80 18 62
2013 114 37 77
2014 124 30 94
2015 109 37 72
2016 94 23 71
2017 86 20 66

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Popularity of Dempsey as a first name

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Popularity of Dempsey as a last name

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Common last names for Dempsey

  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Young
  • Powell
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Watson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dempsey U.S.
  White 88.86% 64.26%
  African American 5.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.88% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dempsey

People with the last name Dempsey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dempsey

  • What name lists does Dempsey rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Dempsey? Dempsey is the 4,272nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Dempsey was the 1,308th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dempsey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,117 babies born with the first name Dempsey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dempsey to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dempsey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Dempsey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dempsey is Tuesday, July 6th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Dempsey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dempsey was in 1921 with a total of 108 babies.
  • Random Dempsey Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dempsey is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1928.
  • Weird things about the name Dempsey: Your name in reverse order is Yespmed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eempsdy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dempsey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 26,863 people with the last name Dempsey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dempsey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Dempsey as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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