Meaning: To tame
Alternate spellings: Damien, Damion
Damian has origins in a Greek word that means “to tame” (this is no guarantee that your little Damian won’t be a wild child). One of the most popular namesakes is St. Damian, a fourth-century Christian who was martyred with his brother, St. Cosmas. Before their deaths, the brothers gained fame for providing free medical care, which is why St. Damian is the patron saint of pharmacists. The name Damian entered the U.S. charts for the first time in the early 1950s. Surprisingly, the Damien spelling got a boost in the late 1970s, when it was used for the spooky boy in the horror flick The Omen.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008