Desmond

First Name
32k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
7k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Desmond mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Desmond

"Desmond" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Man from Desmond". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. An Irish surname, anglicised from Ó Deasmhumhnaigh " a man from South Munster".
  2. A male given name derived from the surname; popular in Britain in the first half of the twentieth century.

Notable Persons Named Desmond

Desmond Doss is a military person. His military service ended in 1946.

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Desmond Tutu is an important somebody. His career lasted from 1986 to 1996. Desmond was born on October 7th, 1931 in Klerksdorp. Desmond is also known as Tutu and Desmond.

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Desmond Harrington is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 1999. Desmond was born on October 19th, 1976 in Savannah, Georgia, U.S.

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Des O'Connor is a broadcaster, musician, and comedian. He was most prominent from 1956 to 1956. Des was given the name Desmond Bernard O'Connor on January 12th, 1932 in Stepney, East London.

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Desmond Llewelyn was an actor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 1950. Desmond was given the name Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn on September 12th, 1914 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. He passed away on December 19th, 1999.

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Desmond Howard is a football player for the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, and Detroit Lions. He was most active from 1992 to 2002. Desmond was born on May 15th, 1970 in Cleveland.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Desmond

Viola Desmond was a business owner and beautician. Viola was given the name Viola Irene Davis on July 6th, 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She left this life on February 7th, 1965.

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Paul Desmond was a cool jazz, west coast jazz, and mainstream jazz musician. He plays Alto saxophone and Clarinet. Paul was given the name Paul Emil Breitenfeld on November 25th, 1924. Paul is also known as The Stork". He left this life on May 30th, 1977.

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Mark Desmond is a comics character.

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Richard Desmond is a publisher and businessman. He holds the title Owner of and Northern & Shell. He has had major accomplishments since 1972. Richard was given the name Richard Clive Desmond on December 8th, 1951 in Hampstead, London, England.

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Dermot Desmond is an owner of celtic football club, celtic f.c., and owner ofceltic football club. Dermot was born on August 14th, 1950 in Macroom.

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Ian Desmond is a baseball player for the Texas Rangers and Texas Rangers (baseball). Ian was born on September 20th, 1985 in Sarasota, Florida.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1904 8 0 8
1908 6 0 6
1910 8 0 8
1911 5 0 5
1912 9 0 9
1913 17 0 17
1914 16 0 16
1915 19 0 19
1916 30 0 30
1917 22 0 22
1918 23 0 23
1919 15 0 15
1920 20 0 20
1921 30 0 30
1922 66 0 66
1923 52 0 52
1924 40 0 40
1925 33 0 33
1926 50 0 50
1927 33 0 33
1928 28 0 28
1929 28 0 28
1930 29 0 29
1931 34 0 34
1932 29 0 29
1933 22 0 22
1934 16 0 16
1935 24 0 24
1936 17 0 17
1937 23 0 23
1938 23 0 23
1939 21 0 21
1940 15 0 15
1941 25 0 25
1942 18 0 18
1943 23 0 23
1944 21 0 21
1945 23 0 23
1946 30 0 30
1947 36 0 36
1948 29 0 29
1949 25 0 25
1950 37 0 37
1951 43 0 43
1952 33 0 33
1953 44 0 44
1954 65 0 65
1955 62 0 62
1956 56 0 56
1957 49 0 49
1958 43 0 43
1959 60 0 60
1960 85 0 85
1961 92 0 92
1962 99 0 99
1963 116 0 116
1964 135 0 135
1965 124 0 124
1966 121 0 121
1967 148 0 148
1968 127 0 127
1969 134 0 134
1970 165 0 165
1971 225 0 225
1972 246 0 246
1973 279 0 279
1974 314 0 314
1975 245 5 240
1976 257 0 257
1977 378 8 370
1978 538 10 528
1979 452 10 442
1980 538 11 527
1981 387 0 387
1982 362 6 356
1983 363 7 356
1984 376 0 376
1985 682 5 677
1986 687 11 676
1987 602 8 594
1988 701 9 692
1989 769 11 758
1990 876 6 870
1991 846 11 835
1992 1,078 11 1,067
1993 764 12 752
1994 681 11 670
1995 676 9 667
1996 638 12 626
1997 901 16 885
1998 749 8 741
1999 752 10 742
2000 703 5 698
2001 636 0 636
2002 588 5 583
2003 562 6 556
2004 542 0 542
2005 530 0 530
2006 583 0 583
2007 681 5 676
2008 720 0 720
2009 788 0 788
2010 877 0 877
2011 842 0 842
2012 923 0 923
2013 985 5 980
2014 1,033 0 1,033
2015 958 0 958
2016 891 0 891

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Popularity of Desmond as a first name

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Popularity of Desmond as a last name

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Common last names for Desmond

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Desmond U.S.
  White 88.97% 64.26%
  African American 4.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.47% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Desmond

People with the last name Desmond are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Desmond

  • How Popular is the name Desmond? Desmond is the 1,311th most popular name of all time. As a last name Desmond was the 4,783rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Desmond have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,083 babies born with the first name Desmond in the United States. That's more than enough people named Desmond to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Desmond? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1904 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Desmond first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Desmond is Sunday, April 7th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Desmond born? The highest recorded use of the first name Desmond was in 1992 with a total of 1,067 babies. That's a lot of babies named Desmond!
  • Random Desmond Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Desmond ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 36 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Desmond: Your name in reverse order is Dnomsed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eondmds. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Desmond? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,395 people with the last name Desmond.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Desmond? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Desmond as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
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