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Etymology & Historical Origin - Damon
The name Damon comes from the Greek word “dameo” (δαμαω) meaning ‘to tame’. 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 legend, the very paranoid ruler Dionysius the Elder believed Pythias was plotting against him and so he sentenced the young man to death. Pythias asked for a brief pardon so that he could put his affairs in order prior to his execution. Dionysius refused, but finally agreed 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 did return to spare his friend in the nick of time and face his own death (after a dramatic delay that included a pirated ship and a long swim back). Damon had never doubted his friend’s return. Dionysius was so impressed by the trust and friendship between the two men, he released them both. A happy ending. Damon is therefore a model of loyal friendship and trust in Greek mythology. The kind of best friend we all would hope to have. Damon was able ‘to tame’ the tyrannical Dionysius simply through his example of self-sacrifice in the name of friendship. Damon was not a commonly used name within English speaking countries until the 20th century.
Popularity of the Name Damon
Damon first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in the late 19th century but at such low levels of usage that it could almost be considered unknown. The name finally took hold by the 1920s and would show gradual increased usage. The height of Damon’s popularity was during the 1970s when it “almost” secured a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names. The name appears to be losing steam as we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century. However, in 2010, the name rebounded by jumping up the charts a little more. This was clearly influenced by the TV series “The Vampire Diaries” and the character Damon Salvatore. We’ll have to wait and see where the name goes from here. We think Damon is an understated, neglected name. However, because it is only used in light moderation, it’s a rather original choice. It’s confident and masculine and a modern alternative to Damien. We like the symbolism of friendship given to us by the Greeks. Damon is just a really simple name without being plain. Interesting etymology. Not trendy or overused. Easy to say and easy to spell. Confident and cool.
Popularity of the Boy Name Damon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Damon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Damon
Damon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Damon.
Popular Songs on Damon
Damon - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Damon.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Damon
Damon the Caiman (David Dvorkin) - Damon is a lucky caiman. He's happy in his comfortable swamp, and his best friend is a human boy, Joey. But when the swamp is threatened with destruction, Joey and Damon must deal with the world outside the swamp and teach the grownups how important the swamp and Damon both are. A story in rhyming verse. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 5-9.
Damon, Pythias, and the Test of Friendship (Teresa Bateman) - Outside of ancient Syracuse on the island of Sicily, there lived a cruel ruler named Dionysius. He trusted no one. Nearby lived two best friends, Damon and Pythias. One day Pythias spoke out against Dionysius, who quickly ordered his execution, to take place in one month. Pythias wanted to return to his elderly parents to say goodbye and arrange for their care. Dionysius laughed, not trusting that Pythias would return. Damon stood up and offered to take Pythias' place until he returned. The ruler agreed only after stipulating that if Pythias did not come back, Damon would die instead. When the execution day arrived, Pythias had not returned, but Damon still believed that his friend would be there if he could. Just in time, Pythias ran in, offering up his own life for his friend's. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Damon
Famous People Named Damon - Damon Wayans (comedic actor); Damon Stoudamire (basketball player); Damon Knight (sci-fi author); Damon Hill (racecar driver); Damon Berryhill (baseball player); Damon Stryker (wrestler)
Children of Famous People Named Damon
Famous People Who Named Their Son Damon - Damon Wayans (comic/actor); Dionne Warwick (singer); Raquel Welch (actress)
Damon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Damon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Damon.
Personality of the Boy Name Damon
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Damon