Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Damian

The name Damian is from the Greek “Damianos,” which was the name of a popular early 4th century saint, a physician who, along with his twin brother, was martyred during a time of persecution in the Roman Empire. The name is derived from the Greek word “damān” which means ‘to tame, subdue.’ Damian also shares the same origin with the name Damon. The Greek mythological tale of Daman and Pythias, symbolizing the loyal bonds of friendship, is said to have taken place 2,400 years ago in ancient Syracuse (modern-day Sicily). According to the legend, Pythias is sentenced to death by the paranoid and vindictive despot, Dionysius the Elder, who believes him to be plotting against his tyrannical rule. Pythias asks for a brief pardon so that he may put his affairs in order prior to his pending death. Dionysius refuses, but does agree to allow Damon, Pythias’ friend, to replace him in the condemned jail cell and risk his own head should Pythias not return as promised. Pythias does return to spare his friend and face his own execution (after a dramatic delay that includes a pirated ship and a long swim back). Nonetheless, Dionysius is so impressed by the trust and friendship between the two men, he releases them both and all ends well. The name Damian probably reached the English by way of the French (Damien) in the Middle Ages.

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Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DAMIAN

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DAMIAN

The name Damian first enters the U.S. popularity charts for boy’s names in 1952 at position #941. Within 25 years, the name climbs over 700 positions on the charts; then something interesting happens. Between 1978 and 1981, the name quickly loses 136 spots on the charts, reverting back to position #346 (moderate popularity). We think it’s no surprise that the spine-chilling movie “The Omen” had just been released in 1976, wherein the devil child is named Damien. For a brief period, the name became synonymous with creepy children and evil-doers; but fortunately, American parents have short memories. The name of the character was probably selected given its close sound to the word “demon;” otherwise, there is no etymological basis for the choice. In fact, Damian/Damien is the name of many do-gooder saints such as Father Damien who benevolently went to serve the leper colony in Molokai, Hawaii. In any case, the name Damian is back on top and is close to hitting the Top 100 list of most favored boy’s names. This is one to watch out for.

Quick Facts

ON DAMIAN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

98

PRONUNCIATION:

DAY-mee-әn

SIMPLE MEANING:

Tame, subdue, master

Characteristics

OF DAMIAN

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Damian

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DAMIAN

Popular Songs

ON DAMIAN

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Famous People

NAMED DAMIAN

Damian Marley (reggae musician)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DAMIAN

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DAMIAN

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