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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.
The surname Damiano was first found in the Italian region of "Veneto" which later became the city of Venice as early as the year 921.
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.
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.
Another 193 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damiano Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Damiano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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.
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