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Quick Facts on Dominic

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 68
Simple meaning:
Our lord, belonging to the Lord, master

Characteristics of Dominic

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

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

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Dominic

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dominic

    Dominic Palazzolo (The Virgin Suicides) 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

    Popular Songs on Dominic

    Saint Dominic's Preview - a song by Van Morrison

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Dominic

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Dominic

    Dominic (William Steig) - Dominic is a one-of-a-kind dog. One day this exuberant, restless, freedom-loving fellow decides there isn't enough going on in his neighborhood to satisfy his need for adventure. And off he goes, with an assortment of hats (rakish, dashing, solemn, and martial), his precious piccolo, and a few other things, leaving a note on his door: “Dear Friends, I am leaving rather in a hurry to see more of the world, so I have no time to say goodbye to you individually. I embrace you all and sniff you with love. I don't know when I'll be back. But back I will be. Dominic.” Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Dominic Ties His Shoes (Etta Sare) - Poor Dominic needs new shoes. But after he convinces his parents to buy him shoes with laces, he runs into trouble. He doesn't know how to tie them, and when they come untied at school, he ends up making a mess of everything. Will Dominic learn to tie his shoes before he gets hurt? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    King of Mulberry Street (Donna Jo Napoli) - In 1892, nine-year-old Dom’s mother puts him on a ship leaving Italy, bound for America. He is a stowaway, traveling alone and with nothing of value except for a new pair of shoes from his mother. In the turbulent world of homeless children in Manhattan’s Five Points, Dom learns street smarts, and not only survives, but thrives by starting his own business. A vivid, fascinating story of an exceptional boy, based in part on the author’s grandfather. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    No Haircut Today! (Elivia Savadier) - Dominic's hair - some of it curly, some straight, but no matter what shape it's in, Dominic has no intention of having it cut. His mother is beside herself but when Dominic sees that she's upset, a change of heart may be in the offing. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Saint Dominic and the Rosary (Catherine Beebe) - St. Dominic led a life of excitement and adventure. As a boy he sold his books to feed the poor and offered himself as ransom for a prisoner. His greatest adventures came when he walked from town to town and stood fearlessly in the market to preach. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Dominic

    Famous People Named Dominic

    Famous People Named Dominic - Dominic "Don" Ameche (actor); Dominic Cooper (actor); Dominic Monaghan (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Dominic

    Children of Famous People Named Dominic

    Famous People who Named their Son Dominic - Ben Bradlee (news editor); Steven Seagal (martial artist/actor)

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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Dominic

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