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Damian Surname Meaning

Spanish (Damián) German Romanian Italian and Polish: from the personal name Damián Damian respectively Greek Damianos (from damazein ‘to subdue’) Latin Damianus. Saint Damian was an early Christian saint martyred in Cilicia in AD 303 under the emperor Domitian together with his brother Cosmas (see Kosmas ). 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 Saint 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. This surname is also found among Rusyns (Lemkos). In some cases probably also French (southern France and Lorraine): from a variant of the personal name Damien a cognate of 1 above. In some cases probably also an Americanized form of Slovenian and Croatian Damjan or Damijan: from the personal name Dam(i)jan (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Fabian, Domian, Damas, Damon, Damiano, Demyan, Daman, Damiani, Dalin

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You can see how Damian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Damian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Damian families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 3 Damian families living in Durham. This was about 30% of all the recorded Damian's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Damian families in 1891.
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What did your Damian ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and None were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Damian. 49% of Damian men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Damian women worked as a None. Some less common occupations for Americans named Damian were Bartender and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Foreman
  • Beet Laborer
  • Bartender

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • None
  • Teacher
  • Assembler
  • Stenographer
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What is the average Damian lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Damian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Damian in 1960 was 32, and 63 in 2004.

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