Meaning: unknown though there are several theories abut it. It comes from the older form of the name, Derdriu, which according to behindthename.com is possibly derived from a Celtic word meaning “woman”. According to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names by K.M. Sheard it could also come from Old Irish deir “says” + draoi “Druid” or der “daughter” + dér “tear”(drop)
Deirdre is a tragic heroine whose beauty was foretold by a druid before she was born, a beauty that would only bring strife and sorrow. King Conchobhar decided to have her raised in seclusion so that, when she came of age, he would marry her, but things clearly didn’t work out that way. Deirdre fell in love with a warrior, Naoise, and eloped with him. Conchobhar wasn’t too pleased with this and eventually tricked the couple into coming back, having Naoise and his brothers killed. Versions of Deirdre’s death differ with some saying she died of grief, or that she killed herself. Either way, it’s definitely a tragic love story.
Variants: Deirdra, Deidra,