Father Damien (né Jozef De Veuster), St. Damien of Molokai, 1840–89, a Belgian priest who ministered to lepers in Hawaii and later died of the disease himself
The English, Dutch, and Polish name Damian (rendered as Damián in Spanish, Czech, and Galician) derives from Greek name Damianos. Its ultimate root is the Greek verb damazo, “to tame.”
The name became popular in Christian Europe because of St. Damian of Syria, who was martyred with his twin brother Cosmas in the early fourth century. Damian and Cosmas are the patron saints of doctors. Adding to the name’s popularity was St. Peter Damian in 11th century Italy.
I don’t understand people who think this lovely, historied name is unusable because of a character in a 1977 movie.
Self-portrait of Filipino Chinese painter Damián Domingo y Gabor,
Other forms of Damian include:
1. Damião is Portuguese.
2. Damien is French.
3. Damiaan is Dutch.
4. Damijan is Slovenian.
5. Damjan is Macedonian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Croatian.
6. Damyan is Bulgarian.
7. Demyan is Russian and Ukrainian.
8. Damiano is Italian.
9. Damià is Catalan.
10. Damiane is Georgian.
Pope Damian of Alexandria, ?–605
11. Damianu is Corsican.
12. Damijonas is Lithuanian.
13. Damión is Kashubian.
14. Demian is German. I have an American character by this name, after the Hermann Hesse novel Demian. Published in 1919, it was his breakthrough novel, and the first of his books I ever read, in 1994. It was life-changing!
15. Temyan is Mari, a Uralic language spoken in Russia.
Filipina writer and professor Damiana Eugenio, 1921–2014
1. Damiana is Italian and Polish.
2. Damjana is Macedonian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Croatian.
3. Damijana is Slovenian.
4. Damienne, or Damiène, is French.
5. Damia is English.
6. Damiani is Greek.
7. Damianne is English.
8. Demiana is Coptic.