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Using a surname as a given name is all the rage these days, but so many names are overused and worn out. Damon breaks the mold. While it's been fairly popular for well over a century, it never made its way into the top 100 names for baby boys in the United States, so don't expect your little boy's nursery school to be oversaturated with little Damons running around. However, if your little Damon is anything like the one from Greek mythology, he'll make plenty of friends in his lifetime.

Meaning of the name Damon:

Greek: Subdue, tame or conquer

Origin of the name Damon:

The baby name Damon is an English derivative of the Greek word “dameo.” It means “to tame.”

Symbolism of the name Damon:

In Greek mythology, the name Damon also symbolizes loyalty and friendship. In the story of “Damon and Pythias,” Dionysius sentences Pythias to death. When Pythias asks for some time outside of his jail cell to get his affairs in order, Dionysius refuses to let him go unless Damon will step in for him. If Pythias doesn't return in time, Damon will be put to death instead. Pythias does return, and Dionysius is so impressed by their friendship, he allows them both to go free.

Style of the name Damon:

Classic

Gender of the name Damon:

Damon is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Damon:

DAY-men

Number of syllables in the name Damon:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Damon:

The baby name Damon evokes images of someone who is strong yet friendly and kind.

Alternative spellings for the name Damon:

  • Damen
  • Daman
  • Damin
  • Damyn
  • Daymon

Nicknames for the name Damon:

  • Day
  • Dame
  • Dee

Popularity of the name Damon:

Damon has consistently been one of the top 1,000 baby names in the United States since at least the late 1800s. In 2020, it ranked at number 426, according to the Social Security Administration.

Related names for the name Damon:

Great middle names for Damon and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Damon:

  • Damon Wayans (actor, comedian)
  • Damon Berryhill (baseball player)
  • Damon Dash (entreprenuer, producer)
  • Damon Stryker (wrestler, actor)
  • Damn Knight (author)
  • Damon Harrison (football player)

Damons in popular culture:

  • Damon Carter (character on the TV show “Soul Food”)
  • Damon Salvatore (character on the TV show “The Vampire Diaries”)
  • Damon Baird (character in the “Gears of War” video game franchise)
  • Damon Gant (character in the video game “Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney”)
  • Damon Wildeve (character in the book “The Return of the Native”)