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What does Desiree mean?

Desiree Pronunciation of Desiree [de-siree] as a girls' name is pronounced DEZ-a-ray. It is of French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Desiree is "desired". From Desiderâta. The Puritans used Desire as a given name. Literary: a popular novel published in the 1960s traced the biography of the French Désirée Clary from poverty in Marseilles to the throne of Sweden. Parents often use this name as suggesting that the child will grow up to be a desirable woman. The name is often spelled phonetically to ensure the French pronunciation.

Associated with: puritans.


Desiree has 15 variants: Desarae, Desaree, Deseray, Desideria, Desir, Desirae, Desirat, Desiray, Desire, Desirea, Desiri, Desyre, Dezirae, Deziray and Deziree.

Related girl name: Didiane.

2 masculine forms: Desiderio and Didier.

Creative forms:
(female) Dasiree, Tasiree, ..

(male) Desireau, Desirrio, ..

Middle name pairings:
Desiree Aleyah (D.A.), ..

How popular is Desiree?

Desiree is a very prominent first name for women (#425 out of 4276, Top 10%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Desiree entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #122 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is currently at #813. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Desirae (#1633 from current records), Desirea, Dezirae, Desire, Desiray and Desarae are the popular variation forms of Desiree (#813 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Desiree was widespread in 1994 (median #1352) and has become significantly diminished since, with forms like Desirae falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Desiree, Desarae, Desirae, Desiray, Desire in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Desirea, Dezirae in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Berree (see Berry), Casidee, Cecilee, Daicee (see Dacey), Daisee, Dasie, Debbee, Debee, Dedie, Deedee, Deedre, Deidre, Deidrie, Deirdre, Dejanee, Delaree, Delice, Delie, Deline, Delise, Delores, Delsine (see Dulce), Demee, Demie, Denice, Deniece, Denise, Denisse, Denize, Derdre, Deren, Derine, Desme, Destanee, Destine, Destinee, Destiney, Destinie, Devinee, Devinne, Dimitee, Dixee, Dominee, Doree, Dustee (see Dusty), Genivee, Heidee, Jenilee, Jeree, Jerree, Jesirae, Jeziree, Keree, Leslee, Merree, Shiree, Teree, Terree and Weslee. These names tend to be less frequently used than Desiree.

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