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168k
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since 1880
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2k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Don

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How popular is the baby name Don in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 34 0 34
1881 26 0 26
1882 46 0 46
1883 54 0 54
1884 47 0 47
1885 35 0 35
1886 61 0 61
1887 39 0 39
1888 50 0 50
1889 62 0 62
1890 61 0 61
1891 48 0 48
1892 68 0 68
1893 64 0 64
1894 72 0 72
1895 78 0 78
1896 66 0 66
1897 49 0 49
1898 49 0 49
1899 65 0 65
1900 81 0 81
1901 48 0 48
1902 79 0 79
1903 64 0 64
1904 75 0 75
1905 85 0 85
1906 87 0 87
1907 86 5 81
1908 107 0 107
1909 116 6 110
1910 140 0 140
1911 167 0 167
1912 342 10 332
1913 393 5 388
1914 527 6 521
1915 758 11 747
1916 755 11 744
1917 774 17 757
1918 939 8 931
1919 967 12 955
1920 1,033 13 1,020
1921 1,193 21 1,172
1922 1,202 18 1,184
1923 1,312 19 1,293
1924 1,476 25 1,451
1925 1,672 18 1,654
1926 1,987 26 1,961 #96 boy name
1927 2,338 33 2,305 #90 boy name
1928 2,412 29 2,383 #84 boy name
1929 2,542 25 2,517 #78 boy name
1930 2,956 34 2,922 #68 boy name
1931 3,215 40 3,175 #59 boy name
1932 3,491 37 3,454 #55 boy name
1933 3,475 22 3,453 #54 boy name
1934 3,948 24 3,924 #50 boy name
1935 3,935 21 3,914 #51 boy name
1936 3,856 27 3,829 #51 boy name
1937 3,840 25 3,815 #51 boy name
1938 3,916 17 3,899 #52 boy name
1939 3,606 21 3,585 #56 boy name
1940 3,561 18 3,543 #62 boy name
1941 3,548 15 3,533 #66 boy name
1942 3,582 19 3,563 #72 boy name
1943 3,830 15 3,815 #72 boy name
1944 3,604 19 3,585 #72 boy name
1945 3,498 15 3,483 #73 boy name
1946 4,131 20 4,111 #79 boy name
1947 4,025 22 4,003 #86 boy name
1948 3,554 10 3,544 #91 boy name
1949 3,074 14 3,060 #98 boy name
1950 2,731 16 2,715
1951 2,634 16 2,618
1952 2,573 11 2,562
1953 2,731 19 2,712
1954 2,761 18 2,743
1955 2,656 11 2,645
1956 2,903 11 2,892
1957 3,371 17 3,354
1958 3,595 16 3,579
1959 3,638 18 3,620
1960 3,473 19 3,454
1961 3,165 16 3,149
1962 2,919 11 2,908
1963 2,539 15 2,524
1964 2,312 9 2,303
1965 1,926 14 1,912
1966 1,661 11 1,650
1967 1,488 14 1,474
1968 1,425 20 1,405
1969 1,365 16 1,349
1970 1,294 15 1,279
1971 1,106 13 1,093
1972 992 14 978
1973 905 12 893
1974 809 11 798
1975 770 7 763
1976 730 9 721
1977 742 8 734
1978 593 6 587
1979 671 17 654
1980 607 8 599
1981 664 11 653
1982 552 0 552
1983 483 6 477
1984 471 0 471
1985 479 6 473
1986 467 0 467
1987 450 0 450
1988 461 8 453
1989 394 0 394
1990 332 0 332
1991 354 0 354
1992 298 5 293
1993 308 0 308
1994 231 0 231
1995 299 0 299
1996 233 0 233
1997 194 0 194
1998 207 0 207
1999 187 0 187
2000 193 0 193
2001 183 0 183
2002 155 0 155
2003 155 0 155
2004 140 0 140
2005 138 0 138
2006 169 0 169
2007 126 0 126
2008 133 0 133
2009 136 0 136
2010 111 0 111
2011 113 0 113
2012 95 0 95
2013 125 0 125
2014 112 0 112
2015 114 0 114

Fun Facts about the name Don

  • How many people with the first name Don have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 167,823 babies born with the first name Don in the United States. That's more than enough people named Don to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Don? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 34 new born babies.
  • When was Don first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Don is Friday, March 15th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Don born? The highest recorded use of the first name Don was in 1946 with a total of 4,111 babies. That's a lot of babies named Don!
  • Random Don Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Don ranks 37th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 28 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1943.
  • Weird things about the name Don: Your name in reverse order is Nod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ndo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Don? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,076 people with the last name Don.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Don? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Don as their last name since less than 1 person in 143k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Common first names for Don

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Don U.S.
  White 48.51% 64.26%
  African American 7.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 18.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.93% 16.26%

Of Last Name Don

People with the last name Don are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Don" mean? The list below shows the origins of Don as well as things modernly associated with the name Don such as celebrities named Don.

English

Origin and Meaning of Don

The name "Don" is of English origin, and it means "World Leader, Man". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Don
Senses
  1. Sir; Mr; Signior; -- a title in Spain, formerly given to noblemen and gentlemen only, but now common to all classes." Don is used in Italy, though not so much as in Spain. France talks of Dom Calmet, England of Dan Lydgate." [Oliphant.]
  2. A grand personage, or one making pretension to consequence; especially, the head of a college, or one of the fellows at the English universities.(Univ. Cant)"The great donsof wit." [Dryden.]

Etymology: Sp. don; akin to Pg. dom, It. donno; fr. L. dominus master. See Dame, and cf. Domine Dominie Domino Dan Dom

verb Don
To put on; to dress in; to invest one's self with.

Etymology: Do + on; -- opposed to doff. See Do (v. t.), 7

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename ("Don Roberto")
  2. A European river in southwestern Russia; flows into the Sea of Azov
  3. Celtic goddess; mother of Gwydion and Arianrhod; corresponds to Irish Danu
  4. A Spanish gentleman or nobleman
  5. The head of an organized crime family
  6. Teacher at a university or college (especially at Cambridge or Oxford)
  7. Put clothing on one's body ("The princess donned a long blue dress")

    Don was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Don Johnson

    Don Johnson is an actor, producer, director, and singer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1969 to present. Don was born in 1949 as Donnie Wayne Johnson in Flat Creek, Missouri, U.S.

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    Don Rickles

    Don Rickles is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to present. Don was born in 1926 as Donald Jay Rickles in Queens, New York City, New York, United States.

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    Don Omar

    Don Omar is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and actor specializing in reggaeton, latin pop, electropop, and hip hop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Don was born in 1978 as William Omar Landron Rivera in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

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    Don Cheadle

    Don Cheadle is an actor, producer, and author with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1984 to present. Don was born in 1964 as Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr. in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

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    Don Knotts

    Don Knotts is an actor, comedian, and inventor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1953 to 2006. Don was born in 1924 as Jesse Donald Knotts in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.

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    Don Henley

    Don Henley is a singer, lyricist, and producer specializing in rock, pop rock, and country rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1970 to present. Don was born in 1947 as Donald Hugh Henley in Gilmer, Texas, United States.

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    Other Inspirations for the Name Don

    Don Pablos
    Don Tito's
    Don Orsillo
    Don Quixote
    Don Beyer
    Don Draper
    Don Lemon

    What does the name Don mean?

    Dis for desire, your thoughts do aspire.

    Ois for outgoing, so sociable are you

    Nis for neighborly, friendly to all acquaintances

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