Comments for the name Deirdre

Comments for DEIRDRE:

It's pronounced "DEER-dra" and is a word for "woman" or "sorrow", from Irish mythology.
-- smeagolbuddy  8/1/2005
Pronounced DE-a-Dra.
-- Dear little wanderer  12/15/2005
I've NEVER heard it to be pronounced "DEER-dree" (makes me think of one of a Christmas elf or stereotypical dwarf), always "DER-dre" (which I personally prefer) or "DEER-dre". I also have always thought the name itself to mean "sorrows", or "lady of sorrows." Regardless, it's one of my favorite names, and a beautiful sounding one as well (as long as it isn't "DEER-dree").
-- Irish Pearl  12/22/2006
The original pronunciation would be closer to "DER-dra", which I prefer; "DEER-dree", "DEED-ra", and "DEER-dra" throws it away.

Seeing that on slender vowels ("e" and "i"), the "d" takes on the sound of the English "j" (in Scots Gaelic and in some Irish dialects), it could even be pronouned "JER-jra" or thereabouts.
-- gaelruadh19  1/28/2007
To start with, the name Deirdre can be pronounced in different ways, it can be DEER-dra or De-a-dra or how ever you pronounce it, it all depends on the person who has the name, and also Deirdre means "sorrowful" not anything else.
-- Anonymous User  5/23/2007
Well, I've only heard it pronounced 'Deer-dree.' Ah well, they all sound awful.
-- Surreal  7/21/2007
I've only heard it pronounced DEER-dree.
For some reason I have always a fondness for this name. I just really really like it.
-- Anonymous User  10/1/2007
Deer-dree in my experience is the anglicised pronunciation. It is most definitely not meant to be pronounced Deer-dree and nothing annoys me more. Deer-dra is how I usually hear it pronounced.
-- Clodagh  10/27/2007
My father, who was born and raised in Tipperary, pronounces it Deerdree but he is very much in the minority in Ireland. That's actually one of the reasons why I'm not called it (at least, according to my mother)
-- avoque  3/26/2008
Most folks of Irish descent around here (New England, USA) prounounce it Dare-dra. People usually tell me they love the name - I do if it is pronounced correctly :-). Family in Ireland pronounce it Deerdree, but I prefer Dare-dra. Some people tell me it is French or German! The common nickname for Deirdre is Didi or Deedee, but I left that behind long ago. Enjoy your name however you want to pronounce it!
-- Green eyes  8/31/2011
My name is Deirdre and I'm from Ireland - the home of this name. Here it is pronounced DEER-dra. If there is a fada on the first e (Déirdre) it is pronounced DARE-dra. The only time I've heard it pronounced DEER-dree is when referring to your one off Coronation Street and my English next door neighbour so I assume that's some English variant. I have never heard an Irish person pronounce it that way. It is a pretty popular name here and there's a lot of girls my age with that name. In fact I have three friends also called Deirdre. Three of us pronounce it DEER-dra and one DARE-dra. I love my name - much more character and history than the Jordans/Ashleighs/Chloes/Chardonnays of today!
-- IrishDeirdre  7/5/2012

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