Desmond Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Diamond, Dearmond, Redmond, Dermody, Esmond, Deshong, Osmond

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Desmond Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Desmond name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Desmond. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Italy


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Desmond Family Origin

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Desmond Family Occupations

What did your Desmond ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Desmond. A less common occupation for the Desmond family was Keeps House. The most common Desmond occupation in the USA was Laborer. 18% of Desmond's were Laborers.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Desmond ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Desmond Historical Records

What Desmond family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Desmond. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Desmond census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Desmond. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Desmond. For the veterans among your Desmond ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Desmond Life Expectancy

What is the average Desmond lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Desmond life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Desmond in 1950 was 43, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Desmond ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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