Show ContentsDamian History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Damian family

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.

Early History of the Damian family

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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 characteristic. 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.

Early Notables of the Damian family (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 to...
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Damian Ranking

In the United States, the name Damian is the 9,718th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Damian is ranked the 8,734th most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]

United States Damian migration to the United States +

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 [3]
  • Jorge Damian, who arrived in America in 1828 [3]
  • Cosme Damian, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]
  • Patricio Damian, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Damian (post 1700) +

  • Leon Damian, American politician, Mayor of Dunkirk, New York, 1974-75 [4]
  • Jean-Michel Damian (1947-2016), French radio and television music journalist
  • Henry Damian Juncker (1809-1868), French-born, American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, 1st Bishop of Alton, Illinois (1857-1868)
  • Kurt Damian Engelhardt (b. 1960), United States federal judge
  • Cosmas Damian Asam (1686-1739), architect and decorator
  • Damian Mackle (b. 1985), Irish professional wrestler
  • Damian Arthur Christopher Alleyne (b. 1983), Barbadian former swimmer, two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004)
  • Damian Stafford, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008 [5]
  • Damian O'Flynn (1907-1982), American actor of film and television
  • Damian Davey (1964-2017), born Damian Baker and better known simply as Damian, an English pop musician, best known for his 1989 hit "The Time Warp", a cover version of the original track from The Rocky Horror Show

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