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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Da*mas"cus
A city of Syria.

Etymology: L

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An ancient city (widely regarded as the world's oldest) and present capital and largest city of Syria; according to the New Testament, the Apostle Paul (then known as Saul) underwent a dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus

From Latin Damascus, from Ancient Greek Δαμασκός (Damaskós), from Aramaic דרמשק (darmeśeq, “well-watered place”).

  1. The capital city of Syria.

Damascus was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

Notable Persons With the Last Name Damascus

Saint John of Damascus was a saint. He holds the title Doctor of the Church. Saint was born in 675 in Damascus. He left this life on December 4th, 0749.


Ananias of Damascus is a saint. He holds the title Disciple. Ananias was born in Unknown.


Saint was born on May 15th, 1793 in Beirut. He left this life on July 10th, 1860.


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Fun Facts about the name Damascus

  • How Popular is the name Damascus? Damascus is the 36,980th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Damascus have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 98 babies born with the first name Damascus in the United States. That's more than enough people named Damascus to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Damascus? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1967 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Damascus first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Damascus is Saturday, May 24th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Damascus born? The highest recorded use of the first name Damascus was in 1981 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Damascus: Your name in reverse order is Sucsamad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sadsucma. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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