What does Deirdre mean?
Deirdre [deir-dre] as a girls' name is pronounced DEER-drah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Deirdre is "broken-hearted, sorrowful".
Also possibly "fear" or "raging woman". Mythology: from a Celtic legend similar to "Tristram and Isolde". The Celtic Deirdre was the most beautiful woman in Ireland. She died of a broken heart. Soap opera actress Deirdre Hall.
(female) Dardre, Dordre, ..
(male) Deirde, Deirdrea, ..
How popular is Deirdre?
Deirdre is a very prominent first name for women (#878 out of 4276, Top 21%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Deirdre for girls. Deirdre entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #374 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Deirdre are Deirdra, Diedra, Diedre, Dierdre, Deidre, Deidra, Dedra, Dede, Dee, Deedee, Deedra and Deadra. Adoption of these relations of Deirdre was common in the 1960s (median #1122), but now, forms such as Deidre have become somewhat dated.
Recommended names are Deandra, Deandrea, Dedie, Deiondra, Deitra, Deondra, Derine, Derora, Derrine, Derry, Desirae▼, Desire, Desiree▼, Desyre, Dezirae, Deziree, Diandre and Leandre. These names tend to be less frequently used than Deirdre.