Damocles is an Ancient Greek male name meaning “glory of the people” or “the people’s glory” made up of Ancient Greek elements demos (people) and kleos (glory), both deriving from a PIE root word. There’s a famous story named the Sword of Damocles about a man named Damocles who conveyed his amazement and envy to a rich and powerful king, Dionysius II of Syracuse, and how lucky he must be to have such power. In response to this, the king arranged that the two men switch places so that Damocles could experience what life on the throne was like, except that the king arranges to have a huge sword hanging above the throne by a single thread, emphasizing the constant danger that comes with power.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Damokles (Ancient Greek)
  • Democles (Latinized Ancient Greek)
  • Demokles (Ancient Greek)


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