Boy Baby Name

Damian

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Quick Facts on Damian

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • 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

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Damian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Damian

  • Popular Songs on Damian

    Popular Songs on Damian

    Damian - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Damian.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Damian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Damian

    Deathwood Damian Strikes Again! (Hazel Townson) - A new hilarious story, told in correspondence between Damian Drake and his new pen pal. Damian Drake's new pen-friend, Mitzi, saw him in his last play, was impressed by his juggling skills and wants to meet him. Damian agrees, but runs into even more trouble than ever. Their new gardener turns out to be the very man who deserted Mitzi's Aunt Velda at the altar, and she is mad for revenge. Also, Damian's well-connected parents have invited as a dinner guest the judge who sent Mitzi's father to prison, and he is equally mad for revenge. Mayhem is certain to follow. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    How to Be a Detective: The Damian Drooth Supersleuth Series (Barbara Mitchelhill) - Damian Drooth, Supersleuth, shares his stellar detective skills with the kids from school. When he leads the amateur detectives to the local dog show, things really start to get hairy! Part of a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Damian

    Famous People Named Damian

    Famous People Named Damian - Damian Marley (reggae musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Damian

    Children of Famous People Named Damian

    Famous People who Named their Son Damian - Bob Marley (reggae musician); Elizabeth Hurley (model/actress); Richard Harris (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Damian - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    St. Damien of Molokai (3 Jan 1840 - 15 Apr 1889) - Father Damien was known as “The Leper Priest, the Hero of Molokai.” Originally a boy named Josef from Belgium, he joined the Sacred Heart Fathers as a young man and received the name Damien. At the age of 24, he was sent to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was ordained and would work missions on the Big Island. About 10 years after arriving on the Hawaiian Islands, Damien volunteered to go to the leper colony on Molokai. After spending another 10 years tending to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of these outcasts, as well as building churches, hospitals, graveyards and coffins, Damien would eventually contract Hansen’s disease (leprosy) himself. Robert Louis Stevenson would write about him in 1905, and the Catholic Church would declare him venerable in 1977, beatify him in 1995, and finally canonize him as a saint in 2009. "Not without fear and loathing," Pope Benedict underlined, "Father Damian made the choice to go on the island of Molokai in the service of lepers who were there, abandoned by all. So he exposed himself to the disease of which they suffered. With them he felt at home. The servant of the Word became a suffering servant, leper with the lepers, during the last four years of his life." Damien has become the patron saint of those inflicted with leprosy and outcasts in general. He is the unofficial protective saint for those with HIV and AIDS.

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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Damian

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