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Meaning and Name Origin

Don \don\ as a boys' name is pronounced dahn. It is of English origin. Short form of names beginning with Don-. Mythology: the Irish Donn was known as king of the underworld. Use of the Welsh Gaelic surname Donne as a given name may be in honor of John Donne, the 17th century poet. Donnan was a seventh-century Irish saint. Actor Don Cheadle.


Don has 5 variants: Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donnie and Donny.

For more information, see also the related boy name Donald.

Don has 1 feminine form: Donna.


Don is a very popular first name for men (#135 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#12650 out of 88799, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Don for boys. Don reached its top rank of #57 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Don name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Don outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Don and related names. Donald (#418 in 2014), Donny, Donnie and Donn are the popular variation forms of Don ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during 1950-1959 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Donald, Donny, Donnie, Donn and Don becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Don, Donald, Donn, Donnie, Donny in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Don and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Don is alike in pronunciation to Dain, Dan, Dane, Dann, Dean, Deen, Deion, Den, Dene, Deon, Deonn, Deyn, Deyon, Dion, Doan, Doane, Dowan and Dunn. Other suggested similar baby names are Con, Dana, Dani, Dino, Dod, Dom, Donau, Dor, Dov, Dow, Eon, Ion, Jon, Lon, Ron, Ton and Von. These names tend to be less frequently used than Don.