Damian has sidestepped its demonic horror movie overtones, leaving a basically friendly and charming Irish image. A well-used upper-class name in England, it is growing in popularity here. It entered the ranks in 1952, and has made a gradual climb to its current point--Number 102, slightly down from its peak last year.
There are several saints by this name, including an early one who was a renowned healer.
Damian Lewis is a British actor, the star of Homeland, Damian Marley, youngest son of Bob Marley, is a Grammy-winning reggae artist in his own right.
The French spelling Damien is also frequently used--it now ranks at Number 249 .