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Desmond Name Information

Gender 🧑 Boy
Pronunciation 📣 \d(e)-smo-nd, des-mond\
Number in U.S 👶 35,000
Rate in 2021 731
Numerology 🔢 11
Name origin 🌍 Irish

Meaning of Desmond

Desmond is the transferred use of an Irish surname, derived from the Gaelic "Deasmhumhnach" which was a regional classification of a 'man from South Munster'. The Kingdom of Munster (or Desmond) was an ancient Irish kingdom in southwestern Ireland named after one of its early kings, Mumhan. In the 17th century, Munster was divided between counties Cork and Kerry and thus no longer exists, except as a province or notable cultural region. Back in the late 10th and 11th centuries, the legendary Brian Boru led his warriors to victory and took the kingdom of Munster. His authority would eventually extend to the kingdoms of Leinster and Connacht to the north, briefly uniting Ireland under a single kingdom, until his untimely death in 1014 from persistently nuisance Viking invaders. He is probably considered the most revered king of Ireland. Munster became fractured by the 12th century, but was still home to several powerful dynasties, including the MacCarthys and then the later Anglo-Norman settlers, the FitzGeralds. Munster's native supremacy was gone forever. Desmond's name has spread to all English-speaking countries and is currently experiencing something of a renaissance.

Popularity

Desmond rarely appeared on the naming charts for American boys in the early part of the 20th century. However, by the 1960s, the name finally took hold. Usage of the name increased by an average of 300 chart positions per decade in the 1960s and '70s, and then seemed to level off in the 1980s. There was one exception: Desmond's name saw a big jump in just one year (1985). This was just after Cape Town Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work against apartheid and oppression in South Africa. By the 1990s, Desmond began to slide down the naming charts again - back to fairly low levels of usage. However, since 2006, it seems as if Desmond is once again on the upswing. Hard to tell where the name is from here. Desmond is an interesting name; We were surprised to see that he had Irish roots. You don't think of Desmond when you think of Irish male names (like Sean, Seamus, Patrick, Malachi, Kevin or Brian for example). No, Desmond is more like the name Oscar - where you're like, "That's Irish??!" And did you know that the Beatles' song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968) is about a couple named Desmond and Molly? Paul McCartney wrote the song about an expression he heard from a Nigerian conga-playing acquaintance of his: "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bro". Desmond is more like the name Oscar - where you're like, "That's Irish??!" And did you know that the Beatles' song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968) is about a couple named Desmond and Molly? Paul McCartney wrote the song about an expression he heard from a Nigerian conga-playing acquaintance of his: "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bro". Desmond is more like the name Oscar - where you're like, "That's Irish??!" And did you know that the Beatles' song Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (1968) is about a couple named Desmond and Molly? Paul McCartney wrote the song about an expression he heard from a Nigerian conga-playing acquaintance of his: "ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bro".

famous people named desmond

Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)

Earl of Desmond (held aristocratic title in Ireland)

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8/6/2022 9:02:06 AM

The name "gage" is extremely uncommon. We named our son Gage because it was uncommon. We also saw it in "Pet Cemetary" but that did not deter us. Our Gage is a 27 year old sergeant in the Marines. Before that he was an aspiring ballet dancer. Most people close to him call him "Gager"

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4/26/2022 9:18:18 PM

my names desmon and i love it! plus i got in back in 85 when it was still fresh

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2/28/2022 6:44:24 AM

Desmond means "young" and the one Desmond i've known was just that. I dated him for a few years and n'ticed that, no matter the experience he gained, his mentality remained youthful. While It's appreciated at times, it can also become a hazard.

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*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Desmond?
The origin of the name Desmond is Irish.
*️⃣ How many people are named Desmond?
Almost 35000 people are named Desmond.
*️⃣ Which names are related to the name Desmond?
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