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Meaning and name origin

Don \don\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donnie and Donny.

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

There is 1 feminine form of Don: Donna.


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Don for boys. Don reached its highest rank of #57 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 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 its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Donald (#418), Donny, Donnie, Donn and Don. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Don is also pronounced similarly 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 commonly used than Don.