[ 3 syll. da-mian, dam-i-an ] The baby boy name Damian is pronounced as DEY-Miy-ahN (English) or DAAM-YaaN (Polish) †. Damian is largely used in the English, German, Polish, and Russian languages, and it is derived from Old Greek origins. The name's meaning is tamer. It is derived from the element 'daman' meaning to tame, to subdue, to kill. Damianos (Old Greek) and Damianus (Latin) are old forms of Damian. The name was borne by the 4th-century Saint Damian, the patron saint of physicians, who was martyred together with his brother Saint Cosmas in Cilicia. Due to the fame of the saint, the name was popular among early Christians. The name was also borne by Saint Peter Damian, an 11th-century Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church. The given name was first used by English speakers in the 13th century. In recent times, it saw a decline in use for a few years, after the form Damien appeared as the name of the Antichrist child in the film The Omen (1976). The name Damiana (Italian) is the female equivalent of Damian.
The name Damian is widely used; it has 46 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Daeman, Daemen, Daemon, Daimen, Daimian, Daimon, Damain, Damani, Damaun, Dame, Damean, Damein, Dameion, Damen, Damiane, Damiano (used in Italian too), Damianos, Damianus, Damie, Damiean, Damien (used in French too), Damján, Damon, Damyean, Damyen, Damyn, Damyon, Damyun, Dayman, and Daymen. The variant spellings Dameon and Damion are other English forms.
Foreign variants of Damian include Daman (Irish), Damek (Hungarian), Damián (Spanish), Damião (Portuguese), Damijan (Slavic), Damjan (Hungarian and Slavic), Damyan (Russian), Dema (Russian), Demian (German, Hungarian, and Slavic), Demián (Spanish), Demjan (Russian), and Demyan (Russian).
Damian is a popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1950s; before that, it was of irregular use only. At the modest peak of its usage in 2013, 0.197% of baby boys were given the name Damian. It ranked at #98 then. In 2018, its usage was 0.183% and its ranking #108, and it was the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Damian was thrice as popular as the next most popular name, Damien.
Baby names that sound like Damian include Daimian, Daymian, Dae-Hyun, Daeman, Daemon, Dahmani, Dainun, Dainyn, Daiton, Damaian, Damanee, Damani, Damanie, Dameon, Damiane, Damião, Damiean, Damien, Damijan, and Damion.
† Pronunciation for Damian: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)"