Hello,  I came across the name Desmin (an actor on "You're the Worst") and find it to be an interesting name.  I have not found much information about it, though.  Do any of you know anything about the origins, meaning, etc of Desmin?  Is it related to Desmond?  Thank you in advance!


September 21, 2015 8:39 PM

That particular actor is a Puerto Rican, Greek, Italian Chicagoan (self described "ethnically ambiguous :-) ). I was curious and looked up the name some time ago. I assumed that his name had origins related to his ethnic makeup, but like you haven't found much information to confirm or deny that.

September 21, 2015 9:45 PM

It seems plausible as a "heard it, never seen it" spelling of Desmond, or a creative riff on it.

September 22, 2015 9:13 AM

I agree.  It also has a potentially mashed-up feel, like he was named after parents called Desmond and Minnie or somesuch.

September 22, 2015 2:05 PM

It also appears to be a surname, and my other guess is that it could have become a first name as a result of having been a surname? It's been in regular, albeit rare use since 1989.