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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Damiano. 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 Damiano 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.

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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 Damiano include Damiani, Damiano, Damian, Damien, Damiàn and others.

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

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Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damiano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

Damiano Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Cosimo Damiano, who arrived in New York on Nov 16, 1885 from Havre, aboard the " La Normandie"
  • Angela Damiano, who arrived in New York on Aug 29, 1885, aboard the "Neustria"
  • Fancesco Damiano, who arrived in New York from Napels on Dec 20, 1886, aboard the "Cheribon"
  • Giuseppe Damiano, who arrived in New York on Mar 9, 1887, aboard the "Cheribon"
  • Andrea Damiano, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1892

Damiano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alessandro Damiano, aged 19, who landed in America from Pratolo Sena, in 1906
  • Alessandro Damiano, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Pratola Sena, Italy, in 1909
  • Alberto Damiano, aged 18, who settled in America from Cantano, Italy, in 1910
  • Adamo Damiano, aged 17, who landed in America from Bariseiauo, Italy, in 1910
  • Alfonso Damiano, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Providenti, Italy, in 1913


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  • Jennifer Damiano (b. 1991), American Tony-nominated actress and singer, best known for originating the role of Natalie Goodman in "Next to Normal" on Broadway
  • Gerard Damiano (1928-2008), American director of adult films and producer, writer and director
  • Joseph V. Damiano, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 39th District, 1974
  • Angelo Damiano (b. 1938), Italian Olympic gold medalist racing cyclist at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Cesare Damiano (b. 1948), Italian politician
  • Luca Damiano (b. 1946), Italian film director
  • Christian Damiano (b. 1950), French football coach
  • Ettore Damiano, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto


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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  9. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Damiano Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Damiano 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 8 December 2015 at 11:05.

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