One of my favorite Greek names is Damian, which comes from the Greek name Δαμιανος (Damianos). This name was listed on the Great Greek Names for Modern Boys list posted earlier this week.
Damian is ultimately derived from the Greek δαμαζω (damazo) meaning "to tame". There was a saint by this name from the 4th century who was martyred with his twin brother Cosmo in Syria. There was also an 11th-century saint named Peter Damian who was a cardinal and theologian from Italy.
In the US, Damian was first used on boys in 1912. It also gained a minimal amount of use for girls in 1968. For boys, this name gained momentum in the 1970s, peaking in 1977 before dipping a bit again. By the 1990s, it began an upward trajectory of usage. It actually cracked the Top 100 in 2012-2013 at #98 both years. Even though it has dropped again to #116 in 2015, Damian is a solid name with great usage.
There's also a few spelling variations associated with different languages and cultures. The French Damien is also doing well in the US at #254 in 2015. Other spellings include Damon (#427), Damion, Damiaan, Damiano, Damianus, Damyan, Damijan and Damjan.
If you are thinking about using this name, here are some middle name ideas and some sibling name ideas that work well with the name Damian:
Sibling Name Ideas:
Sisters: Alyssa, Diana, Helena, Juliet, Lucia, Sophia, Veronica
Brothers: Andrew, Dominic, Elias, Lucas, Raphael, Theodore, Xander
Middle Name Ideas:
As a Middle Name:
What do you think of this name? Which middle names would you pair with it?