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What does Damian mean?

Damian Pronunciation of Damian [dami-an] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Damian) is pronounced DAY-mee-en. It is of Greek origin. Possibly means "to tame, subdue", though the Greek root is also close to the word for "spirit". The Belgian priest Father Damien is honored as the man who helped the lepers of Molokai in Hawaii. Saint Damien (third century) is known as the patron saint of physicians. Author Damon Runyon; ballet dancer Damien Woetzel.

Associated with: greek, priest (monk), saint.


Damian has 19 variants: Daemon, Daimen, Daimon, Daman, Damen, Dameon, Damiano, Damianos, Damianus, Damien, Damion, Damon, Damyan, Damyen, Damyon, Dayman, Daymian, Daymon and Demyan.

1 feminine form: Damia.

Creative forms:
(male) Dimian, Dumian, ..

(female) Damine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Damian Westley (D.W.), ..

How popular is Damian?

Damian is a very popular first name for men (#548 out of 1220, Top 45%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6719 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Damian was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #98 in the U.S. in 2013, and is currently at #116. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Damian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Damian outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Damian (#116 in 2015) ranked in the Top 2000 are Damien (#254 in 2015), Damon (#427), Damion (#1214), Daymon, Damen and Dameon. Usage of these relations of Damian was widespread among parents in 2013 (adoption of 0.35%) and is almost as conventional today (adoption 0.3%, down 14%), but with forms like Damion going out of style. Damian and Damien are two of the more trendy names for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Damian, Damen, Dameon, Damien, Damion in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Damon, Daymon in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Damian and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Damian is alike in pronunciation to Damone. Other suggested similar names are Campian, Dacian, Dadrian, Daelan, Dagan, Dain, Daivian, Dajuan, Dalan, Dallan, Damar, Damick (see Damek), Danial, Danon, Daquan, Daran, Dargan, Darian, Darias, Darien, Darin, Darion, Darran, Darrian, Dasean, Dathan, Davian, Davien, Davin, Davion, Davyan, Daylan, Daytan, Denman, Domini, Domino, Dominy, Donnan, Dorian, Eaman, Fabian, Favian, Jacian, Jamin, Naman, Ramzan and Yamin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Damian.