Last name origins & meanings:
- French, Spanish (Damián), Italian (Venice), Czech and
Slovak (Damián), and Polish: from the medieval personal name
Damian, Greek Damianos (from damazein ‘to
subdue’). St. Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia
in ad 303 under the emperor Domitian, together with his
brother Cosmas. In some accounts the brothers are said to have been
doctors, and together they were regarded as the patrons of physicians
and apothecaries. A later St. Damian lived in the 7th–8th centuries
and was bishop of Pavia; he may have had some influence on the
popularity of the personal name in Italy.
spelling of Hungarian Damján or Damján or
Slovenian Damjan, Damijan, cognates with 1.
(from Poland): either an ornamental adoption of the Polish personal
name Damian as a surname, or a habitational name from the
village of Damiany in northeastern Poland.
- In the form Damien, this name is found in Quebec in 1641,
coming from Normandy, France.
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