Alternate spellings: Dominick, Dominik, Dominique, Dom
Dominic is a Latin name that means “lord,” making it one of many holy-, regal-, or mighty-sounding names that could lead older siblings to howl with outrage. One popular namesake, St. Dominic, was a Spanish saint who was born in 1170 and founded the Dominican Order of Catholic monks, which is still active today. That connection initially made the name popular among Catholics, but it has since shed the strict Catholic connection and appeals to parents from a wide variety of backgrounds. Dominic first entered the U.S. charts in 1885 and was only moderately popular until 2002, when it broke into the top 100 for the first time.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008