GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Δαμοκλης (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: DAM-ə-kleez (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Greek name Δαμοκλης (Damokles), which was derived from δαμος (damos) "the people", a Doric Greek variant of δημος (demos), and κλεος (kleos) "glory". In Greek legend Damocles was a member of the court of Dionysius the Elder, the king of Syracuse. Damocles expressed envy of the king's station so Dionysius offered to switch roles with him for a day. To illustrate to Damocles the peril of a man in his position he suspended a sword over the throne.
VARIANT: Damokles
Entry updated December 8, 2017