Tuesday, July 22, 2008


and I do not mean "Fast Asleep". Here is Desire's second LO: -

Oh wow!! Oh wow!! I say no more ...

Desire has sent me her journalling and I would love for you to read about this interesting lady, so here it is: -

Unfortunately, I have never asked my late foster parents (Roelof & Phoebe Walters) specifically how they came to my name. As far as I know my biological parents named me Desire (without the accent on the í ) and my foster parents added the accent to the í which changed the pronunciation from {DEZ-a-ray} to {DIZ-ea-ray}. How they came across this specific pronunciation I don’t know and am very sad that I don’t have the opportunity anymore to quiz them about this. The name is French derived from Latin Desiderata ‘desired’. This name was given by early Christians to a longed-for child, but the French form is now often taken as suggesting that the bearer will grow into a ‘desirable’ woman. The ‘longed-for child’ is actually very apt from my foster parents’ point of view. My foster mom and dad only had one biological daughter. My mom gave birth to a second child, a boy, who only survived for a few days. Following this my mom had numerous miscarriages and they obviously yearned for more children. So it was then that they adopted me (at the age of 3½) many years later, late in their forties and chose to name me Desíre which means ‘desired’ i.e. their desire to have another child.

Other interesting facts:There are 15 variant forms of Desirée: Desarae, Desaree, Deseray, Desideria, Desir, Desirae, Desirat, Desiray, Desire, Desirea, Desiri, Desyre, Dezirae, Deziray and Deziree. Mine is probably the 16th variant form i.e. Desíre The English form of DÉSIRÉE was popularized in the English-speaking world by the movie 'Désirée' in 1954.

A Desiree is also a red-skinned potato.

There is also the song DESIREE written by Neil Diamond during the 1970’s.

There was also a Desiree Clary, a French woman who became Queen of Sweden. She was once the fiancée of Napoleon but they broke off the engagement due to parental opposition. Her husband (Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte) was one of Napoleon's generals and he was elected King of Sweden. The Swedes wanted a soldier as king due to the threat of a Russian invasion. During the early part of her husband's reign, she refused to live in Sweden due to the harsh climate. She moved to Sweden in her later life but never learned Swedish.

Thanks, Desire - well researched and totally unique - love it!!



Sophia said...

Great LO the journaling awesome!!!

jacqui said...

Stunning layout Desire!!! Well done! Wow, you sure did research it well. You are now putting extra pressure on the rest of us.... ha-ha!

Stefanie said...

I have a LO I could send you about my name, please contact me so that I know where to post it or how to go about getting it to you.