Boy Names baby nameDamien

What does the name Damien mean?

The different meanings of the name Damien are:
  • Greek meaning: To tame
  • French meaning: To tame
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.