Damon - Meaning of Damon
[ 2 syll. da-mon, dam-on ] The baby boy name Damon is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is DEY-MahN (English) †. Damon is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old Greek. The name's meaning is tamer. It is derived from the element 'daman' meaning to tame, to subdue, to kill. In Greek mythology, Damon and Pythias were friends in the 4th century; when Pythias was condemned to death by the ruler Dionysius, Damon offered to stand surety for him while Pythias bid farewell to his family. When Pythias duly returned, Dionysius was so impressed by their friendship that he pardoned both of them. The name was first used by English speakers in the mid-19th century, probably from the fame of the author Damon Runyon (1884-1946).
Damon is a variant (English) of the name Damian (English, German, Polish, and Russian).
Damon is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1920s up to the 1970s. At the modest peak of its usage in 1976, 0.150% of baby boys were given the name Damon. It ranked at #104 then. The baby name has since fallen in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.037% and its ranking #427. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Damon, Damian was the most commonly used. In 2018, it was used 5 times more than Damon. Damon has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
Baby names that sound like Damon include Daemen, Daimen, Daimon, Dayman, Daymen, Daymon, Daenan, Daenen, Daenon, Dainan, Dainen, Dainon, Damyan, Damyen, Damyon, Danen, Dannon, Danon, Daynan, and Daynen.
† Pronunciation for Damon: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Damon:
Author Damon Runyon, born Alfred Damon Runyan, 4 October 1880 - 10 December 1946, Manhattan, Kansas.
Musician Damon Albarn, born 23 March 1968, London, England.