Disa

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Meaning: “goddess.”
(DEE-sah)

The name is derived from the Old Norse, dís, meaning, “goddess.” This element appears in a variety of other Nordic female names, and in Swedish, Disa is sometimes treated as a short form of Hjördis, or even the Latin, Desideria.

The name appears in a Swedish saga from the Middle Ages, written by Olaus Magnus in 1555. The story recounts the exploits of a young woman by the name of Disa who is able to outwit the god, Freyr. The same story was elaborated by Swedish playwright, Johannes Messenius, in 1611, when he wrote the drama entitled Disa, which is considered one of the first plays to be written in the Swedish language.

It is also the name of a flower indigenous to South Africa, which was named for the above character.

Its designated name-day in Sweden is February 3rd.

Other forms include:

  • Dis (Danish/Norwegian/Swedish)
  • Dísa (Icelandic)
  • Dís (Icelandic/Faroese)
  • Dise (Norwegian)
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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.