Name: Deirdre

Origin and Meaning of the Name Deirdre

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, perhaps "sorrow, grief"
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  • Pronunciation:
    (DEER dra); (DEER dree)
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    English and Gaelic speaking countries
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    Deirdre was a character of legendary beauty from the Ulster Cycle, a compilation of ancient Irish lore. Deirdre was engaged to marry Conchobar, the king of Ulster, but instead fell in love with his nephew, Naiose. Deirdre and Naiose fled to an isolated Scottish island, and lived there happily until Conchobar tracked them down and claimed he would allow them to return to Ireland safely. Treacherously, Conchobar had Naoise killed, and Deirdre died soon after, either of a broken heart or by suicide. She is one of the great tragic heroines of Irish legend.

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