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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Donnell

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Alt. Meaning

D is for discreet, you can keep a secret.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

N is for nurturing, the care you provide to all

N is for nurturing, to all that need help

E is for explorer, always ready for the next journey

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Notable Persons Named Donnell

Donnell Rawlings is a comedian. Donnell was born on October 23rd, 1970.

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Spade Cooley was a western swing musician. He plays Fiddle. Spade was given the name Donnell Clyde Cooley on December 17th, 1910 in United States. Spade is also known as King of Western Swing. He left this life on November 23rd, 1969.

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Donnell Harvey is a basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Brooklyn Nets, Panionios F.C., Beşiktaş, Banvit B.K., and Jiangsu Dragons. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Donnell was born on August 26th, 1980 in Shellman, Georgia.

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Donnell was born on August 18th, 1994 in Baltimore.

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Donnell Woolford is a football player for the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Carolina Panthers. He was most active from 1989 to 1997. Donnell was born on January 6th, 1966 in Baltimore.

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Donnell was born on October 27th, 1958 in Lumberton, North Carolina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Donnell

Colin Donnell is an actor and singer. His ongoing career started in 2005. Colin was born on October 9th, 1982 in St. Louis.

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Her career lasted from 1942 to 1988. Jeff was given the name Jean Marie Donnell on July 10th, 1921 in Windham, Maine, U.S. Jeff is also known as Donnell and Jean Marie. She died on April 11th, 1988.

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Larry Donnell is a football player for the New York Giants. He was most prominent from 2013 to present. Larry was born on November 1st, 1988 in Ozark, Alabama.

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Forrest C. Donnell was an office holder. Forrest was born on August 20th, 1884 in Quitman, Missouri. He breathed his last breath on March 3rd, 1980.

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Harry was born on May 2nd, 1867. He left this life on February 25th, 1959.

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James C Donnell was a business magnate and industrialist. His career lasted from 1872 to 1927. James was born on April 20th, 1854. He passed away on January 10th, 1927.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 7 0 7
1913 10 0 10
1914 11 0 11
1915 15 0 15
1916 7 0 7
1917 22 0 22
1918 15 0 15
1919 15 0 15
1920 15 0 15
1921 27 0 27
1922 17 0 17
1923 23 0 23
1924 22 0 22
1925 22 0 22
1926 32 0 32
1927 29 5 24
1928 37 5 32
1929 30 0 30
1930 41 0 41
1931 45 9 36
1932 41 5 36
1933 29 6 23
1934 45 6 39
1935 44 6 38
1936 49 9 40
1937 43 6 37
1938 39 5 34
1939 36 0 36
1940 48 6 42
1941 65 9 56
1942 64 9 55
1943 47 6 41
1944 57 7 50
1945 61 11 50
1946 72 10 62
1947 88 12 76
1948 104 19 85
1949 100 10 90
1950 154 11 143
1951 142 8 134
1952 158 8 150
1953 178 16 162
1954 171 21 150
1955 195 25 170
1956 227 17 210
1957 219 27 192
1958 246 30 216
1959 229 21 208
1960 250 26 224
1961 242 36 206
1962 287 24 263
1963 246 33 213
1964 274 32 242
1965 234 21 213
1966 242 23 219
1967 266 22 244
1968 277 29 248
1969 303 49 254
1970 307 36 271
1971 302 34 268
1972 267 29 238
1973 287 31 256
1974 284 20 264
1975 294 25 269
1976 268 14 254
1977 249 22 227
1978 224 19 205
1979 267 18 249
1980 286 15 271
1981 278 18 260
1982 305 15 290
1983 231 13 218
1984 278 19 259
1985 229 12 217
1986 217 11 206
1987 227 7 220
1988 239 0 239
1989 255 6 249
1990 246 7 239
1991 212 5 207
1992 203 0 203
1993 200 5 195
1994 197 0 197
1995 171 0 171
1996 165 0 165
1997 159 0 159
1998 131 0 131
1999 135 0 135
2000 149 0 149
2001 155 0 155
2002 123 0 123
2003 107 0 107
2004 134 0 134
2005 110 0 110
2006 144 5 139
2007 135 0 135
2008 125 0 125
2009 79 0 79
2010 105 0 105
2011 75 0 75
2012 88 0 88
2013 82 0 82
2014 89 0 89
2015 78 0 78
2016 74 0 74
2017 51 0 51

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Popularity of Donnell as a first name

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Popularity of Donnell as a last name

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Common last names for Donnell

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Donnell U.S.
  White 69.70% 64.26%
  African American 22.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.36% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Donnell

People with the last name Donnell are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Donnell

  • What name lists does Donnell rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Donnell? Donnell is the 1,989th most popular name of all time. As a last name Donnell was the 5,361st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Donnell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,030 babies born with the first name Donnell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Donnell to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Donnell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Donnell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Donnell is Thursday, September 12th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Donnell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Donnell was in 1982 with a total of 290 babies.
  • Random Donnell Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Donnell ranks 78th in popularity as a baby boy's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 28 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Donnell: Your name in reverse order is Llennod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Deolnln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Donnell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,494 people with the last name Donnell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Donnell? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Donnell as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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