Didier, Desiderius

Gender: Masculine
Origin: French
Meaning: “longing; desire.”
(DEE-dyay)

The name is an old French form of Desiderius, which is from the Latin desiderium, meaning, “longing; desire.”

The name was borne by a 6th century French Bishop, who later resigned his seat and lived a life of poverty as a hermit. He founded a monastery in Vosges and his feast day is celebrated on June 19th.

Popular French nicknames include Die and Didi.

Other forms include:

  • Dider (Breton)
  • Dezsér (Hungarian)
  • Dezsider (Hungarian)
  • Dezső (Hungarian)
  • Dero/Derio (Italian)
  • Derino (Italian)
  • Desiderio (Italian)
  • Desio (Italian)
  • Desiderius (Latin/Dutch/German)
  • Dezydery (Polish)
  • Desidério (Portuguese)
  • Dezideriu (Romanian)
  • Dezider (Slovene)

Feminine forms include:

  • Didière (French)
  • Desideria (Italian/Spanish)
  • Desidera (Italian)
  • Dera/Derina (Italian)
  • Desia (Italian)
  • Dezyderia (Polish)
  • Desidéria (Portuguese)

The name Desirée is related but has a slightly different etymology, hence, I shall have a separate entry.