Meaning and name origin
Deirdre \de(i)-rd-re, deir-dre\ as a girl's 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.
Deirdre is a very popular first name for females (#878 out of 4276, Top 21%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Deirdre for girls. Deirdre reached its highest rank of #375 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Deirdre and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Deidre, Deirdre, Deidra, Deedee, Dee and Dedra. (2014 statistics).