What does Deirdre mean?
Deirdre /deir-dre/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #375 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Prominent variation forms of Deirdre are Deidre, Deidra, Deedee, Dee and Dedra. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.3953%) and is now significantly lower, with the forms Dee, Deidra, Deirdre and Deidre becoming less trendy. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Deirdre and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)