Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Dominic

Dominic comes from the Latin word “dominus” meaning “our Lord” or “belonging to the Lord.” The word “dominus” was used in ancient pre-Christian Rome to indicate a master or owner of slaves, and eventually the name became an official title of the emperor starting in the third century. In later times, the Roman Christian Church used “Dominus” as the equivalent to Hebrew “Adonai” and the Greek “Kyrios,” to refer to their God. It has also been used as a respectful form of address (like the Spanish/Italian “don” and the Portuguese “dom”). The name has essentially been around since ancient Rome but grew to be a favorite among medieval Christians. One notable bearer of the name was Saint Dominic, a Spanish priest who founded the Dominican order of Roman Catholic monks in the early 13th century. Not only is he the patron saint of astronomers, but the spread of the rosary is attributed to the teachings of the Dominicans. Today Dominic is a Top 100 favorite in the United States, Canada and Australia and almost a Top 100 in England.

All About the Baby Name – Dominic

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME DOMINIC

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME DOMINIC

Dominic experienced moderate popularity in America more than 100 years ago at the turn of the 20th century. It even had a little spurt of growth right around the year 1900, which seems to have paralleled the greatest surge of Italian immigration into America (1880-1914). After a brief dip on the charts in the 1940’s, the name bounced back and has enjoyed a steady rise. Dominic finally landed a hard-won spot on America’s Top 100 list of most-favored baby boy names in 2002; an impressive achievement given its long and persistent climb. Clearly Dominic is now enjoying a wider audience beyond ethnic Italians. Dominic is a cosmopolitan name, loaded with religious significance, ancient tradition and suave magnetism.

Quick Facts

ON DOMINIC

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Italian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

68

PRONUNCIATION:

DAHM-en-ik

SIMPLE MEANING:

Our lord, belonging to the Lord, master

Characteristics

OF DOMINIC

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Dominic

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DOMINIC

Dominic is a suave Italian boy of overly romantic character in Jeffrey Eugenides’ 1993 novel “The Virgin Suicides.” He lives with relatives in the same neighborhood as the Lisbon girls. He speaks little English but is desperately in love with the local rich girl, Diana Porter. In a passionate show of his love, and of his anguish over her leaving for vacation, he jumps from the roof of his relatives' house, emerging unharmed and satisfied. Shortly thereafter, his family calls him to New Mexico. Neighborhood speculation hints that Dominic’s jump inspired Cecilia's own suicide.

Popular Songs

ON DOMINIC

Saint Dominic's Preview
a song by Van Morrison

Famous People

NAMED DOMINIC

Dominic "Don" Ameche (actor)
Dominic Cooper (actor)
Dominic Monaghan (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED DOMINIC

Snooki;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DOMINIC

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