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Given Name DEIRDRE
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: DEER-drə (English), DEER-dree (English), DER-dre (Irish)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the older Gaelic form Derdriu, meaning unknown, possibly derived from a Celtic word meaning "woman". This was the name of a tragic character in Irish legend who died of a broken heart after Conchobhar, the king of Ulster, forced her to be his bride and killed her lover Naoise.

It has only been commonly used as a given name since the 20th century, influenced by two plays featuring the character: William Butler Yeats' 'Deirdre' (1907) and J. M. Synge's 'Deirdre of the Sorrows' (1910).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Deidra, Deidre, Deitra (English), Derdriu (Irish Mythology)
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