The meaning of the name “Damien” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Damien is a masculine name of Greek origin, meaning ‘To Tame,’ and is the name of popular English Actor Damien Lewis who is well known for his portrayal of Henry VIII in the popular TV mini-series Wolf Hall.
Dam and Dami are popular diminutives of the name, and variants Damiane (Damienne, Damyan) are popular as feminine forms of Damien. The name is spelled differently across Europe and the United States. The most common spellings include ‘Damian,’ and ‘Damien.’ Differences in spelling and pronunciation include the Greek ‘Damianos’, the Italian ‘Damiano,’ the Russian ‘Demyan,’ and the Croatian ‘Damjan.’
The name has grown in popularity, seeing a height of use since 2002. The name saw particular popularity from 2012-2013 holding the 98th place in the top hundred baby names in the United States. The name is very popular in Poland peaking at #33 in the top hundred baby names in 2006, and remains in the top hundred today. It made the top hundred in Mexico in 2013 at the 32nd spot.
Famous people named Damien include Damien Molony (Irish Actor), Damien Oliver (Australian Horse Jockey), Damien Wilkins (American Athlete), Damien Lewis (English Actor), and Damien Hirsh (English Painter). Famous fictional characters named Damien include Damien Thorn the main antagonist in The Omen film franchise, Damien Wayne the son of DC comic characters Talia Al Ghul and Bruce Wayne (Batman), and Damian Hart, a character in Beyblade: Metal Fight.
Father Damien was a missionary who won recognition for his ministry in the late 1800s. He is known for his work caring for a leper colony in Hawaii. He assisted those afflicted by the disease for ten years, later contracting the disease and succumbing to it. He was later made a Saint in the Catholic Church. He is remembered as the patron saint of leprosy and outcasts. Father Damien was granted a memorial feast day, which is celebrated May 10th.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Damien for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Damien is a boy name.
The name Damien is of French, Greek origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, French speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Damien we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Damien Name Meaning
The meaning of Damien has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Damien are:
Greek meaning: To tame
French meaning: To tame
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Popularity of the Name Damien
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Damien displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Damien Boy Name Popularity Chart
Damien Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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