The name Desmond was originally an Irish surname derived from Gaelic Deas-Mhumhan meaning "from south Munster". The region of Munster was once an ancient Irish kingdom and is now a province of Ireland. The name Desmond is often shortened as "Des".
Famous people whose first name is Desmond include:
- Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop and campaigner against apartheid
- Desmond Dekker (1941-2006), Jamaican singer
- Desmond Llewelyn (1914–1999), Welsh actor
- Des Kelly (born 1965), British journalist
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