Damian (given name)

Gender Male
Word/Name Greece
Meaning tamer
Region of origin Greece
Other names
Related names Damien, Damon

Damian, also spelled Damien, Daymian, Daymein, Дамиан (Damian), Damiano, Дамјан (Damjan), Damião, Дамян (Damyan), Демьян (Demyan), etc., is a given name from the Latin Damianus which is the latinisation of the Greek Δαμιανός (Damianos), derived from the Greek word δαμάζω (damazo), "to conquer, master, overcome, tame", in the form of δαμάω/-ώ (damao), a form assumed as the 1st pers. of δαμᾷ (dama).[1][2][3]

Notable persons with the name include:

  • Damian of Ephesus[4], Greek rhetorician
  • Damian of Thessalonica, Greek physician
  • Sts. Cosmas and Damian (died c.303), early Christian martyrs, patrons of physicians and surgeons
  • Saint Damian of Alexandria, an early Christian martyr
  • Coptic Pope Damian of Alexandria (died 605)
  • Damianus (died 669), a bishop of Rochester, named after one of the above martyrs
  • Damian of Pavia (d. 710), Bishop of Pavia and saint
  • Pedro Damiano (1480-1544), a Portuguese chess player
  • Blessed Damien of Moloka'i (1840-1889), a Roman Catholic missionary to the leper colony on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, revered for his ministry that resulted in his own death from leprosy.
  • Damian Conway, Australian computer science professor, author and prominent perl programmer
  • Damian Green, British politician
  • Damian Higgins, real name of American DJ Dieselboy
  • Damian Lewis, English actor
  • Damian Marley, Grammy-winning reggae musician and son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley
  • Damian McBride, former special adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown
  • Damian Woetzel, New York City Ballet principal dancer, retired 2008

Notable characters with the name include:

  • Damian Cray, character from the novel Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
  • Damian Hayes, a character in Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Damian Wayne, a DC comics character, the alleged son of Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Talia Al Ghul

See also


  1. ^ δαμάζω, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library
  2. ^ δαμάω, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library
  3. ^ δαμᾷ, Greek Word Study Tool, on Perseus Digital Library
  4. ^ http://www.ancientlibrary.com/smith-bio/0942.html

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