What does Desiree mean?
Desiree \d(e)-si-ree\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Didiane.
Desiree is a very popular first name for women (#425 out of 4276, Top 10%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Desiree for girls. Desiree was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #122 in the U.S. in 1992, and is at #700 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
The only other prominent related form of Desiree (#700 last year) rated in the Top 1000 is Desirae. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 1992 (usage of 0.7005%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.15%, down 78.6%), with the versions Desirae and Desiree becoming less stylish. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Desiree and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)