What does Desire mean?
Desire /de-sire/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name means "desired". Desire is an alternate spelling of Desiree (French, Latin): from Desiderāta. Compare last name Dewire.
How popular is Desire?
Desire is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2592 out of 4276, Top 61%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#40690 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Desire and related names. Desiree (#700 the previous year) and Desirae are the prominent variation forms of Desire (not ranked) listed in the Top 1000. Forms like Desaree are uncommon. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest in 1992 (usage of 0.7005%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.15%, down 78.6%), with the versions Desiree and Desirae becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)