Dominic - Meaning of Dominic
[ 3 syll. do-mi-nic, dom-in-ic ] The baby boy name Dominic is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is DAAM-ahN-ayK †. Dominic is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Latin. The name is of the meaning of the lord, belonging to God. A biblical name, it is derived from the elements 'dominicus' meaning of the lord or master ; 'dominus' lord, master. Dominicus (Latin) and Dominikus (Germanic) are older forms of Dominic. To Christians, the meaning of the name is 'belonging to God' and could imply 'servant of God' or else 'day of God, Sunday'; the name was thus often reserved for children born on Sunday. From the 13th century, the name has been strongly associated with Saint Dominic (1170-1221), founder of the Dominican order of monks known also as the Blackfriars. The name was also borne by Domenico Veneziano (1410-1461), an Italian painter of the early Renaissance. In the Middle Ages, the name was popular among English speakers, especially Roman Catholics. After the Reformation, it remained an exclusively Catholic name for a period, but it has since entered general use. In Ireland, the name is sometimes taken as an Anglicization of Domhnall. The name Dominika (Czech, German, Polish, Russian, and Slavic) is the female version of Dominic.
Dominic is a widely used name; it has 48 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Demenico, Domanic, Domeka, Domeni, Domenick, Dominea, Dominee, Dominey, Domini, Dominie, Domino, Dominque (used in French too), Dominy, Domonic, Nickie, and Nicky. Other English forms include the short forms Dom and Nic, the pet form Nick, and the variant spellings Domenic (used in Italian too) and Dominick.
Foreign variants of Dominic include Chuma (Spanish), Chumin (Spanish), Deco (Hungarian), Domek (Czech), Domen (Slavic), Domenge (Catalan), Domenico (Italian), Domenik (German), Domenique (Italian), Domi (Hungarian), Domicio (Spanish), Domingo (Italian and Spanish), Domingos (Portuguese), Dominico (Italian), Dominicus (Dutch), Dominik (Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Slavic), Dominique (French), Domo (Hungarian), Domokos (Hungarian), Domonkos (Hungarian), Donek (Polish), Dumin (Czech), Menico (Italian), Mingo (Spanish), Niki (Polish), and Txomin (Basque). Another foreign variant is the pet form Chuminga (Spanish).
See also the related categories, master (king), god, english, latin, renaissance (revival), christians (missionary), monks (hermit), servant (helper), biblical, italian, belonging, roman, general (universal), catholics, and germanic (german).
Dominic is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1900s; before that, it was of occasional use only. At the modest height of its usage in 2013, 0.313% of baby boys were given the name Dominic. Its ranking then was #68. In 2018, its usage was 0.246% and its ranking #75, and it was the most popular within all boy names in its group. In 2018, Dominic was more regularly used than the next most popular name, Dominick, by 6 times. Dominic has in the past century been predominantly given to baby boys.
Baby names that sound like Dominic include Dominick, Damacus, Damasco, Damasko, Damaskus, Damaso, Damasus, Damisee, Damisey, Damisi, Damisie, Damisy, Danea, Danika, Dannea, Danukas, Daytona, Deanea, Deanza, and Denea.
† Pronunciation for Dominic: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)"
A famous person named Dominic is Don Ameche, Actor, born Dominic Felix Amici, May 31, 1908 - December 6, 1993, Kenosha, Wisconsin.