Gender: Male Meaning of Dominic: "belonging to the lord" Origin of Dominic: Latin Dominic's Popularity in 2019: #85

Dominic Origin and Meaning

The name Dominic is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "belonging to the lord".

Dominic comes from the Latin name Dominicus and is common in the Roman-Catholic community. In the past it has been given to boys born on Sunday—the word “Sunday” in languages including Spanish and French shares Dominic’s roots. In use in the English-speaking world since medieval times, its most famous bearer was St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican order of monks in the thirteenth century.

Dominic is a name with two very different images: In Britain, it's an upper-crust staple, while in the U.S., it still retains a bit of downmarket Jersey Shore feel. We say it's a strong, venerable name deserving of respect on both sides of the pond, which it is finally getting. Dominic has been in the Top 100 since 2002.

Dominic West was one of the charismatic stars of The Wire and The Affair; Mario Lopez named his son Dominic, nicknamed Nico.

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Rank in US: #85

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Dominic's International Variations

Dominique (French) Menico (Italian) Chuma, Chumin, Chuminga, Domenico, Domicio, Domingo, Dominguez, Mingo (Spanish) Txomin (Basque) Domenge (Catalan) Domingos (Portuguese) Dominik, Donek, Niki (Polish)


Bella20 Says:


The name Dominic suits my son perfectly. It’s so elegant, yet strong and gentle just like him. I love the religious meaning. He’s still little so we mainly call him Domi or Domuś (polish nickname). It’s a name that will grow with him for sure.

beachbear Says:


I want to like Dominic. It's the "dom" part that bothers me. "Nic" is nice, so just name him Nicolas or something. Dominic sounds like a domineering dominator, which is creepy.

terebella Says:


I have always received compliments from teachers, educational assistants, neighbors and strangers when I call Dominic and he is a beautiful bubbly happy 4 year old. Sorry to hear your impression of the name but that has never been my experience. It as been the opposite! Remember that a child is a toddler for a few years, then he grows up! I encourage to go for it. 5 star name for me!

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Dominic is a name that has lasted over time and has a very pleasing ring to it. I think a cute nickname is Domino

Jazzy7 Says:


Dominic is such a handsome name and love it with the nickname Nico!

Chrisco Says:


Love both Dominic and Domenico! The nicknames are handsome too; Domi, Nico, and Doc in particular. And even if you don't like those, there are always Dom, Nick, Don/Donny, Mick/Mickie, and Dick -- though that one is not advisable.

Holter Says:


Love, love, love Dominic! It's a 5 star super hot name on the rise, probably made popular by Vin Diesel's character Dominic Torretto in Fast and Furious. :-)

kertheshe Says:


Not a fan, can't imagine calling a toddler 'Dominic' and not cringing.

Teresa Says:


A+ boy's name that always gets a compliment! Dominic rocks.

Teresa Says:


Dominic is one of THE best sophisticated, high end, elegant and trendy names of all time. Nickname "Domi" (pronounced Daw-me) works perfectly for a little boy, then full blown Dominic in adulthood. Dominic is confident, cool, and distinguished. It is one of those names that works in any culture. I encourage mothers in the USA and Canada, to go ahead and gift your beautiful baby with such a precious moniker. Everything from its meaning to its sound is classic and timeless. It will turn people's heads, and impress them all at once.
This name is a chart topper and should be used much more frequently than it is. Consider Dominic for a masculine, strong name. It suits my son and he's almost 3.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like the Dominick spelling better. Dominic looks like it can't quite decide whether to be Dominique or Dominick.

headintheclouds Says:


Wonderful strong and classic name. Dominic to me hits just the right note of being well-known yet not overly common, and I love that it has a wonderful meaning and rich historical roots and great namesakes. Dom and Nic are nice succinct nicknames, and Dominic in its full form sounds distinguished and regal, yet also cool and modern.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I so wish I could use this name- one of my favourite sportsmen is called Dominic- but it has some negative family ties so it might well be unusable now :(

KassemJ Says:


This is a wonderful name! I especially like the nickname "Dom"