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Desmond Family History

Desmond Name Meaning
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deasmhumhnaigh ‘descendant of the man from southern Munster’, from deas ‘south’ + Mumhain ‘Munster’, an ancient Irish kingdom named for Mumhu, one of its early kings. The surname Desmond has passed into common use as a personal name, not only in Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

245,487 Historical Documents with Desmond on Ancestry.com
88,422 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
11,869 Military Records
12,828 Immigration Records
68,941 Census and Voter Lists
63,427 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Desmond Families

  • Number of Desmond families
     187 - 371
     63 - 186
     1 - 62
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Desmond families
     135 - 268
     46 - 134
     1 - 45
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Desmond families
     4 - 6
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Desmond Family Origin

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Desmond Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Desmond

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Desmond Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Desmond census records

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Desmond Civil War Service Records

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