Damiens 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 Damiens. 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 Damiens 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 Damiens family

The surname Damiens 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 Damiens family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Damiens research. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1233, 1285, 1300, 1400, 1584 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Damiens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

Early Notables of the Damiens 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...
Another 52 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Damiens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Damiens Ranking

In France, the name Damiens is the 1,693rd most popular surname with an estimated 3,576 people with that name. [1]


United States Damiens migration to the United States +

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

Damiens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Guillaume Damiens, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Damiens (post 1700) +

  • Robert François Damiens (1714-1757), French servant whose attempted assassination of King Louis XV of France in 1757 culminated in the last person to be executed in France by drawing and quartering
  • Bastien Damiens (1995-2015), French gold medalist slalom canoeist at the 2012 European Championships


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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