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Damon

Damon is a variant form of Damian meaning “to tame, subdue, control” and also “to kill” derived from PIE root *demh₂- (to tame, domesticate). Damon is also an English and Scottish surname, either originating from the given name or as a variant form of D’Amont, a French surname which originally referred to someone who lived up on a hill from French à mont (uphill). According to Greek legend, Damon and Pythias were best friends in Syracuse in 4th century BC. Their friendship was tested when Pythias wasaccused of treason against Dionysius I of Syracuse, a tyrant. However, he was allowed to temporarily go free and settle his affairs as along as Damon was held hostage in his place, and would be executed if he didn’t return in time, which he did. Impressed with their loyalty to one another, Dionysious let them both go free.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Damianus (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Damianos (Ancient Greek)
  • Damien (French)
  • Damion (English)
  • Damon (English)
  • Damyan (Bulgarian)
  • Damjan (Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian)
  • Damiano (Italian)
  • Demyan (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Damiaan (Dutch)
  • Damián (Spanish)

 

Female forms:

  • Damiana (Italian)
  • Damjana (Slovene, Serbian, Macedonian)
  • Damijana (Slovene)

 

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