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.
Early Origins of the Damien family
Venice as early as the year 921.
Early History of the Damien family
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Damien Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Damien include Damiani, Damiano, Damian, Damien, Damiàn and others.
Early Notables of the Damien family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Damien family to the New World and Oceana
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
Damien Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Damien Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Damien (post 1700)
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