It has such a pretty sound to it, but not a good meaning.
someone-  5/11/2020
Desdemona is my all-time favorite Shakespeare name, beating out Ophelia and Bianca. At least, that’s my opinion.
Theatrenamelover  4/17/2019
Desdemona is as Shakespearean as a name can be, but because she came to such a tragic end, I'd avoid using it.

Desdemona belongs to the Shakespearean Portia Group of satellites, which also includes satellites such as Belinda, Bianca, Cressida, Cupid, Juliet, Perdita, Portia, and Rosalind, which I think make lovely alternatives for the rather heavy Desdemona.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2018
I absolutely love the sound of this name. I've told all of my friends about it and they think it is atrocious :( They believe it just sounds like gibberish and is a mouthful. I guess I can see where they are coming from but I love all of the seemingly endless possibilities for the name. Des, Desy, Mo, Mona are my favorites. I would also like to mention I believe a kid/person deserves a "full" name. For example I don't find it right to name a kid Lizzy when they could have a full name such as Elizabeth.
jazzycritique  11/2/2018
Desdemona sounds pretty, but ill fated is just asking for something.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
True, there is nothing about the devil in the derivation. The name Desdemone comes from δυσδαίμων that is δυσ (bad) +δαίμων (also had the meaning of "luck" in ancient greek, NOW it means "demon") meaning "ill-fated".
speller  7/9/2018
I love the name Desdemona, as it has a dark feel but a gentle light when you imagine the name or maybe it is just like that to me. Everything about this name is just so perfect, to me.
sunflower18  5/14/2018
Desdemona is probably my favorite feminine name. I love how melodic and both sweet and dark it sounds, like a perfect mix. Even the letters I like together. I also love the name Desiree, but I prefer Desdemona.
SapphireLace  1/9/2018
Yes, my name is Dezdemona. My mom replaced the "s" with a "z". Everyone made fun of me when I was little for having the name Dezdemona but I always thought that it was a special name. My nickname is Mona, my grandma liked it that way when she was fostering me.
dezdemona.cheer  12/29/2017
I like Desdemona better then Desiree, plus you can shorten it to Mona if you like. Desi is also a nice nickname. I like this name better then Diana, Mona, and such.
― Anonymous User  9/29/2017
Desdemona is romantic and pleasant to the ear, and I love it. I honestly wouldn't have any objections against naming a child this in spite of its negative connotations, because it's more than that.
reymes  9/21/2016
Despite the fact that the character in Othello was quite soft and innocent, when I hear the name Desdemona I think of someone sassy and witty, with a rather dark sense of humor. I think it's a beautiful name, and the nicknames "Des" and "Mona" are very cute as well. It's a strong favorite of mine.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/12/2016
One of Uranus' smaller moons is named Desdemona, after the Shakespeare character.
Buneary  9/15/2015
I adore this name. Desdemona has a strong, but romantic sound and it has a lot of good nicknames such as Demi, Desi, Mona, Moni. The literary connotation is a shame, I wish Othello's wife got another name.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2015
I only like the nicknames Desi and Mona.
SEC908  11/30/2012
I think it's a beautiful name, and I don't much care what it means. I like names that stand out, because in this day and age, there has to be something different about someone or nobody will ever see them amidst the masses of fellow humans.
sorrowbegetssolitude  1/28/2012
The polymath Desdemona Flood is a character from the Midnighters Trilogy by Scott Westerfield.
deja-entendu  4/24/2011
In Italian the stress is on the second syllable. Verdi wrote his second last opera on Shakespeare's play and it is rated as one of greatest masterpieces equal to the Shakespeare original.
Anton  3/11/2010
Desdemona is the name of a character in the novel 'Middlesex', by Jeffrey Eugenides.
RazzleDazzle  1/8/2009
Desi, Demi, and Mona could be cute nicknames, but I don't like that it has the word "demon" in the middle.
pandasayscynical  12/28/2008
My mum is a Shakespeare nut and wanted to name me Desdemona, Ophelia, or Cordelia. I love the name Desdemona, but it is a little much. Imagine a toddler named Desdemona Cordelia! I'm glad she picked something else. This name works well with a more common or more plain middle name. Has a sad meaning, but the Shakespeare connotation overrules it.
amishigloo  6/25/2008
I wouldn't want to name my daughter after a character killed by her husband in a very famous play. Besides, the name would lead to rather crappy nicknames, and it's quite lengthy and unusual in a bad way.
slight night shiver  4/21/2008
I think the name sounds extremely romantic and beautiful.
Renthead13  11/17/2007
Brian Scary and the Shredding Tears wrote a song called Desdemona's Leaving.
thefancyapple  8/25/2007
In Verdi's opera Otello the name is accented on the second syllable.
Kosta  8/8/2007
That's because Giuseppe Verdi was Italian, and des-DE-mo-na is the Italian pronunciation of the name.

In Spanish it's spelt Desdémona and pronounced the same as in Italian.
caoilainn  1/30/2008
Desdemona was the name of a cat belonging to Mutt's son Cicero in the comic strip "Mutt and Jeff." She was featured in a spin-off strip called "Cicero's Cat."
Kosta  7/31/2007
I like the name, but not the meaning.
Mithos514  3/19/2006
While we were performing in "Desdemona" a play based off of Othello, we used the pet name Dezi or Desi when referring to the character.
klatukatt  8/11/2005
Means "of the devil" in Greek.
kelley  6/27/2005
This does not mean "of the devil" in Greek. του διαβόλου would be "of the devil," transliterated: tou diabolou. "Of the demon" would be tou daimona (του δαίμονα). Damon is closer. However, I am not entirely certain of the standard meaning of the name, either. In koine Greek, ill-fated would be "kakotuchos" (κακότυχος). In Latin, it would be "calamitosa."
Bakkerkid  5/8/2015
It is unlikely that it is Greek for "of the devil" as Greek theology has no devil - it has a lord of the underworld which, unlike the Christian connection to hell or a place for evildoers after death, the underworld is the place where all souls go after death, good and bad. Therefore the Greeks are unlikely to have a word in connection a Christian spiritual figure.
VictoriaCalledTori  8/1/2007
How would it mean "of the devil"? "Ill-fated" seems suitable for the Shakespeare character.
Mona or Dessi could be nice nicknames.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2007

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