Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Damion

Damion is a spelling variant of Damian, an English name derived from the Greek word “damān” which means “to tame, subdue.” As such, Damion also shares the same origin with the name Daman. The Greek mythological tale of Daman and Pythias took place 2,400 years ago in ancient Syracuse (modern-day Sicily) and symbolized the loyal bonds of friendship. According to the legend, Pythias was sentenced to death by the paranoid and vindictive despot, Dionysius the Elder, who believed him to be plotting against his tyrannical rule. Pythias accepted his fate and only asked for a brief pardon so that he may put his affairs in order. Dionysius refused, but eventually agreed to allow Damon, Pythias’ good friend, to replace Pythias in the condemned jail cell this risking his own head should Pythias not return as promised. After a dramatic delay that included a pirated ship and a long swim back, Pythias finally returned to Syracuse in the nick of time sparing Daman’s death. Dionysius was so impressed by the trust and friendship between the two men, both were set free. Damian was also the name of a popular 4th century saint; he was a physician who, along with his twin brother Cosmas, was martyred during a time of Christian persecution in the Roman Empire. And Saint Damien was the famous saint who cared for the lepers in Molokai, Hawaii when no one else showed them compassion. The name Damian probably reached the English by way of the French (Damien) in the Middle Ages. Damion was later created as a more modern spelling variant.

All About the Baby Name – Damion

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DAMION

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DAMION

The spelling of Damion first appeared on the American naming charts in 1968. Despite the names’ ancient origins, both Damian and Damien only date back to the 1960s as well. In terms of spelling preference, Damion is the least popular, and it peaked in usage during the late 1970s (even then it was used barely moderately). In terms of favorability, Damion is rather “subdued”. It really just comes down to spelling preference for parents attracted to this name.

Quick Facts

ON DAMION

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

860

PRONUNCIATION:

DAY-mee-әn

SIMPLE MEANING:

To tame, subdue, master

Characteristics

OF DAMION

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Damion

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DAMION

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Damion

Popular Songs

ON DAMION

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Damion


Famous People

NAMED DAMION

Damion Easley (baseball player)
Damion James (basketball player)
Damion McIntosh (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DAMION

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Damion

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DAMION

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Damion