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Origin, Meaning And History of Damian

Damian is a historically significant name that means ‘to tame’ or ‘subdue.’ The name originates from the Greek words Damianos and Damazo, which mean ‘master’ or ‘overcome.’ The name is also believed to be associated with the Greek word ‘daimon,’ meaning ‘spirit’ or ‘divine power.’

Damian is associated with Asclepius or Damianos, the ancient Greek God of healing. A story that depicts this name’s association with healers is the tale of the inseparable Arabian-born twins Cosmas and Damian. The brothers were probably the first to popularize this name across the Christian world due to their medical inventions, fee-less practice, and surgery, thus gaining the title ‘anargyroi’ or ‘the silverless.’

Another historically notable figure with the name is Saint Damien of Molokai, a Belgian Catholic priest known for his kindness, dedication, and selfless service towards humanity. Saint Damien spent most of his life volunteering to provide medical care in the leper colony on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. He also fought for their fundamental rights, such as food, housing, and church, which led to this name’s global acknowledgment.

Saint Damien lived in Italy during the 7th and 8th centuries and was the Bishop of Pavia. Similarly, the name was borne by many saints, adding to the spread of its popularity among the common folk. There is also a theory that the name could have come from the village of Damiany in Poland.

The name is pronounced as dah-mee-an, dah-myahm, and dam-ee-in. Damien, Daymon, Damiano, Deyman, Daemon, Damon (English), Demian, Damijan (Slovenia), Damyan, Damon (Hebrew), and Damik (Russian) are a few variations and derivatives of Damian across the world.

A few fictional characters associated with this name include Damian Wayne from the DC multiverse, Damon Salvatore from the Vampire Diaries TV series, Damien Vryce from the Coldfire series, and Damien Delgaard from the Gossip Girl TV series.


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Famous People With The Name Damian

  • Damien ChazelleAmerican screenwriter and director, known for his critically acclaimed works such as Whiplash and La la land
  • Damian WoetzelAmerican ballet dancer and director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program who has won several awards for his contributions including the Harvard Arts Medal
  • Damian LillardAmerican NBA player, known for his records and receiving seven-time NBA all-star and 2012-13 Rookie of the Year awards
  • Damián SzifronArgentine screenwriter and producer, best known for his BAFTA awarded work Wild Tales
  • Damian GreenA British politician who served as the first Secretary of State and Minister of the Cabinet Office

Damian On The Popularity Chart

The popularity and ranking of the name Damian has seen a series of rise and fall across the years. The following US Social Security Administration graphs depict the fluctuating popularity of the name.

Popularity Over Time

This name gained the highest popularity of 10 babies per million in 1980 and 2013. In 2018, the name gained popularity again and was given to 8 babies per million.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name’s popularity in terms of ranking has declined over the years. It was ranked 12,766 in 2021 as compared to 6399 in 1980.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Damian

Damian is pronounced as day-mee-in or dah-mee-anh. If that is the sound you are looking for in a name, here are a few suggestions.

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Names With Similar Meaning As Damian

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