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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Des"man
An amphibious, insectivorous mammal found in Russia (Myogale moschata). It is allied to the moles, but is called muskrat by some English writers.

Etymology: Cf. Sw. desman musk


From French desman, German Desman, from Swedish desmanråtta (“muskrat”), from desman (“musk”).

  1. Either of two species, Desmana moschata or Galemys pyrenaicus, of aquatic or semi-aquatic insectivore of the mole family, Talpidae, found in Europe.

desman was also found in the following language(s): French and Occitan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Desman

Shawn Desman is a pop music, rhythm, blues, and dance-pop singing, songwriter, record producer, dance, choreography, celebrity, and actor. He was most active from 1995 to present. Shawn was given the name Shawn Bosco Fernandes on January 12th, 1982.


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Fun Facts about the name Desman

  • How Popular is the name Desman? Desman is the 28,356th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Desman have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 179 babies born with the first name Desman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Desman to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Desman? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Desman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Desman is Sunday, September 13th, 1914.
  • What year had the most people named Desman born? The highest recorded use of the first name Desman was in 1992 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Desman: Your name in reverse order is Namsed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Adnesm. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Desman born May 6, 1925

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Southern China approximately on 1700. Your profession was trainer and holder of the fine animals, birds, and insects.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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