GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: DAY-mee-ən (English), DAHM-yahn (Polish)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek name Δαμιανος (Damianos) which was derived from Greek δαμαω (damao) "to tame". Saint Damian was martyred with his twin brother Cosmo in Syria early in the 4th century. They are the patron saints of physicians. Due his renown, the name came into general use in Christian Europe. Another saint by this name was Peter Damian, an 11th-century cardinal and theologian from Italy.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Damion (English), Damiaan (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Damianos, Damianus (Ancient Greek), Damyan (Bulgarian), Damjan (Croatian), Damien (French), Damiano (Italian), Damjan (Macedonian), Demyan (Russian), Damjan (Serbian), Damijan, Damjan (Slovene), Demyan (Ukrainian)
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