Daumantas

  • Gender: Masculine
  • Origin: Lithuanian
  • Meaning “very smart”
  • (dow-MAHN-tahs)

The name is composed of the Lithuanian elements daug meaning “very; many; a lot” and mantas meaning “smart.” The name was borne by two Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Daumantas of Lithuania 1282-1283. He did not reign for long and he is only mentioned once in the chronicles, some even suggest that he might be one in the same as Daumantas of Pskov. Daumantas of Pskov is far more noteworthy in history, he became the prince of the tiny principality of Pskov which lasted from 1266-1299. Daumantas became an Orthodox Russian Christian, and took the name of Timothy, but his Lithuanian name was often Russianized as Dovmont by Russian historians. He was canonized a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church. Its designated name day in Lithuania is September 8th. The feminine version is Daumantė.