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Don

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Don mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Don

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

    Notable Persons Named Don

    Don Johnson is an actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He has been prominent since 1969. Don was given the name Donnie Wayne Johnson on December 15th, 1949 in Flat Creek, Missouri, United States.

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    Don Knotts was an actor, comedian, and inventor. He was most prominent from 1953 to 2006. Don was given the name Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21st, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 24th, 2006.

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    Don Henley is a rock music, pop rock, country rock, and soft rock singing, lyricist, and record producer. He plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Guitar, Drum Workshop, Paiste, Remo, Regaltip, Latin Percussion (company), Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Takamine, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1970. Don was given the name Donald Hugh Henley on July 22nd, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas, United States.

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    Don Cheadle is an actor, filmmaker, and author. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Don was given the name Donald Frank Cheadle, Jr. on November 29th, 1964 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Don Lemon is a journalist. Don was born on March 1st, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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    Don Rickles is an improvisational theatre, observational comedy, musical theatre, and insult comedy comedian. Don was given the name Donald Jay Rickles on May 8th, 1926 in Queens, New York City, New York, United States.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Don

    Monty Don is a television presenter, gardener, and writer. His ongoing career started in 1994. Monty was given the name Montagu Denis Wyatt Don on July 8th, 1955 in West Berlin.

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    Polow da Don is a hip hop music and contemporary r&b record producer, songwriter, and rapping. His ongoing career started in 1999. Polow was given the name Jamal Fincher Jones in Clearwater, Florida.

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    Dmitry of the Don was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1359 to 1389. Dmitry was born as the child of Ivan II of Moscow and Alexandra Velyaminova on October 12th, 1350 in Moscow. He passed away on May 19th, 1389.

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    Hollow Da Don is a hip hop music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Hollow was given the name Nigel Bennett on January 28th, 1984 in Queens. Hollow is also known as Hollow da di di di di don.

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    He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Albert was born on November 15th, 1947.

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    Don is a boss (crime).

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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 1,201 18 1,183
    1923 1,313 19 1,294
    1924 1,476 25 1,451
    1925 1,671 18 1,653
    1926 1,989 26 1,963 #96 boy name
    1927 2,338 33 2,305 #90 boy name
    1928 2,411 29 2,382 #84 boy name
    1929 2,542 25 2,517 #78 boy name
    1930 2,955 34 2,921 #68 boy name
    1931 3,216 40 3,176 #59 boy name
    1932 3,491 37 3,454 #55 boy name
    1933 3,475 22 3,453 #54 boy name
    1934 3,949 24 3,925 #50 boy name
    1935 3,935 21 3,914 #51 boy name
    1936 3,856 27 3,829 #51 boy name
    1937 3,841 25 3,816 #51 boy name
    1938 3,916 17 3,899 #53 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 3,605 19 3,586 #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 3,555 10 3,545 #91 boy name
    1949 3,074 14 3,060 #98 boy name
    1950 2,731 16 2,715
    1951 2,635 16 2,619
    1952 2,575 11 2,564
    1953 2,731 19 2,712
    1954 2,763 18 2,745
    1955 2,655 11 2,644
    1956 2,902 11 2,891
    1957 3,372 17 3,355
    1958 3,596 16 3,580
    1959 3,638 18 3,620
    1960 3,474 19 3,455
    1961 3,165 16 3,149
    1962 2,920 11 2,909
    1963 2,537 15 2,522
    1964 2,312 9 2,303
    1965 1,925 14 1,911
    1966 1,661 11 1,650
    1967 1,486 14 1,472
    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 991 14 977
    1973 905 12 893
    1974 809 11 798
    1975 771 7 764
    1976 729 9 720
    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 472 0 472
    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 115 0 115
    2016 104 0 104

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    Popularity of Don as a first name

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    Popularity of Don as a last name

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    Common last names for Don

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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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    Fun Facts about the name Don

    • How Popular is the name Don? Don is the 424th most popular name of all time. As a last name Don was the 14,398th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Don have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 167,934 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 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Don ranks 8th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 96 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1931.
    • 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 Don. 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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    • Sources:
    • 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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