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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Desire

"Desire" is a name of English origin, and it means "Variant of French Desiree". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb De*sire"
Senses
  1. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet."Neither shall any man desire thy land." [Ex. xxxiv. 24.]"Ye desire your child to live." [Tennyson.]
  2. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request."Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord?" [2 Kings iv. 28.]" Desire him to go in; trouble him no more." [Shak.]
  3. To require; to demand; to claim.(Obs)"A doleful case desires a doleful song." [Spenser.]
  4. To miss; to regret.(Obs)"She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies." [Jer. Taylor.]
    synonyms: To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg.

Usage: To Desire Wish. In desire the feeling is usually more eager than in wish. “I wish you to do this” is a milder form of command than “I desire you to do this,” though the feeling prompting the injunction may be the same. C. J. Smith.

Etymology: F. désirer, L. desiderare, origin uncertain, perh. fr. de- + sidus star, constellation, and hence orig., to turn the eyes from the stars. Cf. Consider, and Desiderate, and see Sidereal

noun De*sire"
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  1. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy."Unspeakable desire to see and know." [Milton.]
  2. An expressed wish; a request; petition."And slowly was my mother brought To yield consent to my desire." [Tennyson.]
  3. Anything which is desired; an object of longing."The Desire of all nations shall come." [Hag. ii. 7.]
  4. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
  5. Grief; regret.(Obs)
    synonyms: Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness; aspiration; longing.

Etymology: F. désir, fr. désirer. See Desire (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An inclination to want things ("a man of many desires")
  2. The feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  3. Something that is desired
  4. Feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  5. Express a desire for
  6. Expect and wish
Wiktionary

From Middle English desiren, from Old French desir(r)er, from Latin desidero (“to long for, desire, feel the want of, miss, regret”), apparently from de- + sidus (in the phrase de sidere, "from the stars") in connection with astrological hopes. Compare consider. Compare also desiderate.

  1. (countable) Someone or something wished for.
    It is my to speak with you.
    You’re my heart’s .
  2. (uncountable) Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.
    His for her kept him awake at night.
  3. (uncountable) Motivation.
  4. (uncountable) The feeling of desire.
    Too much can seriously affect one’s judgment.

Notable Persons Named Desire

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Desiré Wilson is a formula one racer.

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Désiré Charnay was a scientist in the field of archaeology. Désiré was born on May 2nd, 1828 in Fleurie. He left this life on October 24th, 1915.

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Desire Oparanozie is a soccer player for the En Avant de Guingamp (Ladies), Bayelsa Queens FC, Delta Queens, Lüleburgaz 39 Spor, WFC Rossiyanka, VfL Wolfsburg (women), Ataşehir Belediyespor, and Nigeria women's national football team. Desire was born on December 17th, 1993 in Owerri.

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Desire Luzinda is a pop music musician. Desire was born on August 15th, 1984 in Kampala.

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Désiré Dondeyne was a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1936 to 1986. Désiré was given the name Désiré Louis Corneille Dondeyne on July 21st, 1921 in Laon. Désiré is also known as Dondeyne and Desire Louis Corneille. He passed away on February 12th, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Desire

Desire is a comics character.

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Jonel Désiré is a soccer player for the AS Mirebalais, Haiti national under-17 football team, Haiti national under-20 football team, and Haiti national football team. Jonel was born on February 12th, 1997 in Haiti.

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Yorick Desiré is an athlete for the Aiglon du Lamentin.

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Julien Desire is a sports team member for the R.F.C. Tournai.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 9 0 9
1918 6 0 6
1921 5 0 5
1955 6 6 0
1957 5 5 0
1958 12 12 0
1959 13 13 0
1960 7 7 0
1961 12 12 0
1962 10 10 0
1963 15 15 0
1964 15 15 0
1965 10 10 0
1966 11 11 0
1967 8 8 0
1968 11 11 0
1969 15 15 0
1970 21 21 0
1971 17 17 0
1972 25 25 0
1973 16 16 0
1974 17 17 0
1975 26 26 0
1976 28 28 0
1977 28 28 0
1978 50 50 0
1979 45 45 0
1980 47 47 0
1981 54 54 0
1982 59 59 0
1983 87 87 0
1984 73 73 0
1985 90 90 0
1986 88 88 0
1987 108 108 0
1988 99 99 0
1989 89 89 0
1990 115 115 0
1991 147 147 0
1992 149 149 0
1993 136 136 0
1994 129 129 0
1995 145 145 0
1996 117 117 0
1997 124 124 0
1998 125 125 0
1999 147 147 0
2000 133 133 0
2001 137 137 0
2002 132 132 0
2003 119 119 0
2004 113 113 0
2005 129 129 0
2006 133 133 0
2007 131 126 5
2008 164 164 0
2009 145 145 0
2010 107 101 6
2011 105 105 0
2012 91 91 0
2013 86 86 0
2014 73 73 0
2015 70 70 0
2016 114 105 9
2017 113 103 10

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Popularity of Desire as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Desire U.S.
  White 5.12% 64.26%
  African American 87.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Desire

People with the last name Desire are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Desire

  • How Popular is the name Desire? Desire is the 3,951st most popular name of all time. As a last name Desire was the 31,906th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Desire have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,666 babies born with the first name Desire in the United States. That's more than enough people named Desire 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 Desire? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Desire first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Desire is Sunday, August 29th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Desire born? The highest recorded use of the first name Desire was in 2008 with a total of 164 babies.
  • Random Desire Factoid: According to the 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Desire is not a popular baby girl's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1983.
  • Weird things about the name Desire: Your name in reverse order is Erised. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Riedse. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Desire? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 723 people with the last name Desire.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Desire? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Desire as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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