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

Damien Early Origins



The surname Damien 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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Damien Spelling Variations


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

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Damien Early History


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Damien Early History



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

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Damien Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Damien 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 Damien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Damien Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joha Damien, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892

Damien Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Melideo Damien, aged 33, who landed in America from Roccarano, Italy, in 1907
  • Ceser Damien, aged 30, who settled in America from Jemaffes, Belgium, in 1908
  • Victoria Damien, aged 30, who landed in America from Jemaffes, Belgium, in 1908
  • Aubert Damien, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Torreau, Mexico, in 1910
  • Udry Damien, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Conthey, Switzerland, in 1922

Damien Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Damien, who landed in Quebec in 1665
  • Pierre Damien, who arrived in Quebec in 1665

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Contemporary Notables of the name Damien (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Damien (post 1700)



  • Father Jozef Damien (1840-1889), born Jozef De Veuster, a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    4. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    5. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Damien Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Damien 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 26 May 2013 at 10:53.

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