"to tame, subdue"

Damian Origin and Meaning

The name Damian is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "to tame, subdue".

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.

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 and now Billions, Damian Marley, youngest son of Bob Marley, is a Grammy-winning reggae artist in his own right.

The French spelling Damien is another option.

# 108 in the US

Damian Rank in US Top 1000

# 252 on Nameberry

Damian Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Damian Popularity

Famous People Named Damian

  • Saint DamianSyrian physician and martyr; twin brother of Cosmas
  • Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" MarleyJamaican singer; son of singer Bob Marley
  • Damian Lamonte Ollie LillardAmerican basketball player
  • Damian Watcyn LewisEnglish actor
  • Damian Joseph McGintyIrish actor and singer
  • Damian WilliamsAmerican NFL football player
  • Damian Charles Hurley (b. 2002)son of actress Elizabeth Hurley
  • Damian Musk (b. 2006)son of Tesla founder Elon Musk; triplet of brothers Saxon and Kai
  • Damian Angelo Geronimoson of singer Buse Ünlü & Geronimo Firgilio
  • Damián Rafael van der Vaart (b. 2003)son of TV personality/model Sylvie Meis and football player Rafael van der Vaart
  • Damián Čech (b. 2009)son of footballer Petr Čech
  • Damian Kulashlead singer of American rock band OK Go

Damian in Pop Culture

  • Damian Thornevil child in "The Omen" films
  • Damian Spinellicharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • DamianCharacter from Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” in the Merchant’s Tale
  • Damian Wayne aka Robincharacter in Batman comics
  • Damian Henrycharacter on TV series "Six Degrees"
  • Damian Tenmacharacter from the game "Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies"
  • Damian Smerkcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series