Deirdre Name Meaning & Origin

Deirdre

Pronunciation: DEER-drə (key)

Origin of the name Deirdre:

Of uncertain derivation, Deirdre was the name borne by a legendary Irish princess who was betrothed to the king of Ulster, Conchobar. She eloped, however, to Scotland with her lover Naoise, who was then treacherously murdered by the king. Deirdre supposedly died of a broken heart. The name might be derived from the Old Irish Derdriu (young girl) or from the Celtic Diédrè (fear).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Dee, Deidre, DiDi, Diedre

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Meanings and history of the name Deirdre

From Gaelic. The meaning is disputed. Deirdre may mean "she who murmurs or chatters", although in Irish legend, Deirdre is a tragic heroine and the name is strongly associated with sorrow and sacrifice.

Famous real-life people named Deirdre

Deirdre Hall, American actress
Deirdre Quinn, American actress
Deirdre Lovejoy, actress
Deirdre Purcell, Irish actress and author
Deirdre Madden, Irish author
Deirdre McCloskey, American trans economist, activist, and author
Deirdre Cartwright, jazz musician
Deirdre Connelly, American business executive
Deirdre Lee, writer
Deirdre Martin, romance author
Deirdre Shannon, Irish singer

Deirdre in song, story & screen

Deirdre (Derdriu), the most famous tragic heroine in Irish mythology and probably its best-known figure in modern times. She is often called "Deirdre of the Sorrows." Her story is part of the Ulster Cycle, the best-known stories of pre-Christian Ireland.

"Deirdre of the Sorrows", three-act play by Irish playwright John Millington Synge,
"Deirdre", song by the Beach Boys.
Deirdre Barlow, long-running character from the British TV series "Coronation Street"

Near the end of the film "Four Weddings and a Funeral", the character Tom, perpetually unlucky in love, encounters a distant cousin named Deirdre at the fourth wedding and falls instantly in love, remarking "Thunderbolt city!". His love is returned, and they marry.

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