Don - Meaning of Don
[ 1 syll. don, do-n ] The baby boy name Don is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is Dae-N †. Don is used predominantly in the English and Scottish languages, and its origin is Celtic and Irish Gaelic. The name first developed from the names Donald, Donovan, and Donn. It has been used as an independent name by English speakers since the 19th century.
In addition, Don is a contraction of the name Donaghan.
Don is also a variant of the name Donahue (English).
Don is also a contraction of the name Donald (English and Scottish).
Don is also a variant (English and Scottish) of the name Donn (English, Irish, and Scottish).
Don is also a variant of the name Donnelly (English).
Don is also a contraction (English) of the name Donovan (English and Irish).
The name Donelle (English) is the female version of Don.
Don has 16 variants. Variants include Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donnea, Donnee, Donnen, Donney, Donni, Donnin, Donnon, Donnun, Donnyn, and Kona (used in Hawaiian as well). The diminutive forms Donnie (used in Scottish, and Irish as well) and Donny (used in Scottish as well) are other English variants. A foreign variant is the diminutive form Donnaidh (Scottish).
Don is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1934, 0.369% of baby boys were given the name Don. It ranked at #50 then. The baby name has since steeply declined in popularity, and is currently of irregular use. In 2018, within the group of boy names directly linked to Don, Donovan was the most popular. In the past century Don has mostly been a baby boy name.
† Pronunciation for Don: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Don:
Actor Don Cheadle, born 29 November 1964, Kansas City, Missouri.
Actor Don Johnson, born 15 December 1949, Flat Creek, Missouri.
Actor Don Knotts, born Jesse Donald Knotts, 21 July 1924 - 24 February 2006, Morgantown, West Virginia.
Actor Don Ameche, born Dominic Felix Amici, May 31, 1908 - December 6, 1993, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Cricketer Don Bradman, born Donald George Bradman, 27 August 1908 - 25 February 2001, Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia.
Jazz Musician Don Ellis, born 25 July 1934 - 17 December 1978, Los Angeles, California.
Journalist Don Marquis, born July 29, 1878 - December 29, 1937, Walnut, Illinois.
Radio Personality Don Imus, born John Donald Imus, Jr., 23 July 1940, Riverside, California.
Singer Don McLean, born October 2, 1945, New Rochelle, New York.