Desmond Family Crest

The Irish surname Desmond is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Deasmhumhnaigh meaning “descendant of the man from southern Munster,” from deas meaning “south” and  Mumhain meaning “Munster,” an ancient Irish kingdom named for Mumhu, one of its early kings. The surname is closely associated with County Cork, and originally was seldom found elsewhere, King Williamstown, in the Newmarket district of County Cork being renamed Ballydesmond. The first recorded spelling of the hereditary surname may be that of Teag O'Desmond, in Petty's Census of Ireland, for County Cork, in the year 1659.

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