For the 'different, not weird' baby namer

Moniker Morsel: Desmond

on May 27, 2015

Desmond sounds suave and classy to me, but also cute and on- trend for boys. Think trendy Declan meets old-fashioned Edmund.  Desmond ranked #329 for boys in the US in 2014, and has hovered around that rank for the past several decades…never too popular, never too rare.  If you’re looking for a more unusual choice with a similarly sophisticated feel, consider Esmond.

Origin: Desmond is an Irish surname indicating the bearer is from a region called Deas-Mhumhna, later anglicized to South Munster.  Desmond has been used as a first name since the late 19th/early 20th century.

Nicknames: Des/Dez, Desi/Dezi, Denny

Famous Desmonds:

Desmond Tutu- South African civil rights activist

Desmond Dekker- Jamaican singer/songwriter

Desmond Harrington- American actor

My thoughts: I think Dez is a cute and stylish nickname for this attractive appellation.  Desmond would wear fairly well at any age, and is very accessible.  I like that it’s never been too common, so it won’t be associated with any particular time period.


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