Meaning and name origin
Donnell \d(o)-nne-ll\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Donnell), is pronounced DAHN-el, don-NEL. It is of Scottish and Irish origin, and the meaning of Donnell is "world mighty; brown-haired fighter". Also used as a variant of Donald.
For more information, see also the related boy name Donald.
Donnell is a somewhat popular first name for males (#681 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#3974 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Donnell for boys. Donnell reached its highest rank of #530 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Donnell and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Donald (#418), Donnell, Donell and Donal. (2014 statistics).