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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Damian. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Damian surname is derived from the Latin given name "Damianus," which in turn comes from the name of a Greek goddess, Damia. There was an early Christian saint named Damian, martyred in Cilicia in the year 303, under emperor Domitian. There was also a St. Damian, who lived in the 7th-8th centuries, where he was the bishop of Pavia. These two saints, no doubt have contributed the popularity of this name.

Damian Early Origins



The surname Damian was first found in the Italian region of "Veneto" which later became the city of Venice as early as the year 921.

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Damian Spelling Variations


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Damian Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristi c. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Damian include Damiani, Damiano, Damian, Damien, Damiàn and others.

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Damian Early History


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Damian Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Damian research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1285, 1300, 1400, 1584 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Damian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Damian Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Damian Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Lorenzo Damiani of Pisa, a 14th century poet famous for his sonnets of a smooth style. Francesco Damiani, born in Pisa around 1300, was a respected man of letters; the Damiani family was one of the most ancient families in Genoa and dates back...

Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damian Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Damian or a variant listed above:

Damian Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartolome Damian, who landed in America in 1827
  • Jorge Damian, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Cosme Damian, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Patricio Damian, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Damian (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Damian (post 1700)



  • Leon Damian, American politician, Mayor of Dunkirk, New York, 1974-75
  • Jean-Michel Damian (1947-2016), French radio and television music journalist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    5. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    6. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    7. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Damian Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Damian Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2016 at 08:34.

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