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What does Deirdre mean?

Deirdre Pronunciation of Deirdre [deirdre] 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.

Associated with: irish, beautiful, opera.


Deirdre has 17 variants: Deadra, Dede, Dedra, Dee, Deedee, Deedra, Deedre, Deidra, Deidre, Deidrie, Deirdra, Derdre, Didi, Diedra, Diedre, Diedrey and Dierdre.

Creative forms:
(female) Dardre, Dordre, ..

(male) Deirde, Deirdrea, ..

Middle name pairings:
Deirdre Rania (D.R.), ..

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)

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, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deirdre name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Deirdre outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deirdre, Deadra, Dede, Dedra, Dee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deedee, Deedra, Deidra, Deidre, Deirdra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diedra, Diedre, Dierdre in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Deirdre and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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