Deidre was a top 500 name in the mid-twentieth century, but it is now over rank 11,000. This name, based on ancient Irish traditions, comes from old folklore. Though not as popular as it once was, Deidre is a unique option for girls.

Meaning of the name Deidre:

Irish: sorrowful, broken-hearted

Origin of the name Deidre:

Deidre is an Irish and Gaelic baby name that is a more modern form of Deirdre. The latter comes from the Gaelic name Derdriu, which comes from the Old Irish word “der.” The first individual with the name Derdriu, which formed Deidre, was a legend in Irish history who had a broken heart because of the death of her lover Naoise.

Symbolism of the name Deidre:

The old Irish word “der” that Deidre comes from means “daughter.” This definition, however, does not have much to do with the meanings of “sorrowful” and “broken-hearted.” Remember, the original Derdriu was a legend who died from a broken heart.

Baby name Deidre

Style of the name Deidre:

Traditional

Gender of the name Deidre:

Deidre is a unique baby name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Deidre:

DEE-druh

Number of syllables in the name Deidre:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Deidre:

Deidre is unique and complex. It is a mature name for girls that almost has an old-fashioned feel.

Alternative spellings for the name Deidre:

Nicknames for the name Deidre:

  • Dee
  • Dee Dee
  • Deid
  • Rage
  • Dre
  • Didi
  • Dedel
  • Dedels

Popularity of the name Deidre:

The baby name Deidre was a top 1,000 option from 1945 at rank 980 to 1993 at number 918. Deidre was a top 500 name from 1961 to 1970, ranking the highest at number 413 in 1963. As of 2020, Deidre is number 11,480 for girls.

Related names for the name Deidre:

Great middle names for Deidre and their meanings:

  • Serafina (fiery, burning)
  • Cecelia (blind)
  • Isabella (God is my oath)
  • Fiona (fair, white)
  • Madelyn (high tower)
  • Samantha (listens well, as told by God)
  • Colleen (unmarried girl)
  • Elaine (shining light, sun ray)

Famous people with the name Deidre:

  • Deidre Hall (actress, “Days of Our Lives”)
  • Deidre Downs (Miss America from 2003)
  • Deidre Rubenstein (actress, “Salvation”)
  • Deidre Goodwin (actress, “Chicago”)
  • Deidre McCalla (singer)

Deidres in popular culture:

  • Deidre (character from “As Told by Ginger”)