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Origins Available: French, Irish


The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el," and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in," to build patronymic names. The surname Desmond is derived from the Norman personal name Gerald, which consists of the Germanic elements "geri" or "gari," which mean "spear," and "wald," which means "rule." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix fitz, which means son of in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word "filius." The Gaelic form of the surname Desmond is "Mac Gerailt."

Desmond Early Origins



The surname Desmond was first found in Munster, where they were granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke during his invasion of Ireland in 1172. Otho Geraldino, one of the chief commanders of Williams the Conqueror landed in England at the time of the Conquest and was created a Baron for his efforts. As Norman constable of Pembroke, South Wales, he went into Ireland with Strongbow in the Anglo- Norman invasion. Two generations later, Maurice was the first to use the name Fitzgerald. He was granted lands in Munster in the south of Ireland. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Desmond Spelling Variations


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Desmond Spelling Variations



During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Fitzgerald, Geraldines, Desmond, Gerald, Geralds and others.

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Desmond Early History


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Desmond Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desmond research. Another 663 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1411, 1316, 1716, 1513, 1537, 1411, 1809, 1883, 1534, 1612, 1660, 1634, 1664, 1660, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Desmond History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Desmond Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Desmond Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Gerald Fitzgerald, ninth Earl who was impeached of high treason and died for his causes at the Tower of London 1534; George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare (1612-1660), known as the "Fairy Earl", for no...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desmond Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Desmond:

Desmond Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Desmond, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1827
  • Timothy Desmond, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • Mr. Desmond, aged 34, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Catherine Desmond, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854

Desmond Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • George Desmond, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Desmond Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Desmond, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Ellen Desmond, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Michael Desmond, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Margaret Desmond, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Desmond, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Desmond Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Desmond, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"

Desmond Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Desmond, aged 27, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Westminster" in 1843
  • E. Desmond arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir George Grey" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Desmond (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Desmond (post 1700)



  • Meighan Desmond (b. 1977), New Zealand actress, best known by her role on the American television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess
  • Ian M. Desmond (b. 1985), American major League Baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals
  • Gerald "Jerry" Desmond (1915-1964), American Democratic politician and civic leader, son of Walter J. Desmond
  • Walter J. Desmond (1876-1951), American lawyer, Postmaster, and Public Works Commissioner in Long Beach, California
  • Casey Patricia Desmond (b. 1986), American pop singer-songwriter and musician from Boston, Massachusetts
  • Charles Stewart Desmond (1896-1987), Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1960 to 1966
  • Johnny Desmond (1919-1985), born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone, American pop singer, active in the 1939 through the 1950s
  • Richard Clive Desmond (b. 1951), English publisher and businessman, owner of the Express Newspapers and founder of Northern & Shell
  • Olga Desmond (1890-1964), born Olga Sellin, a German dancer and actress
  • Viola Davis Desmond (1914-1965), Canadian Civil Rights Advocate
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Crom aboo
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.


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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Desmond Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desmond Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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