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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.


Donnell has 4 variant forms: Donal, Donell, Donnel and Donnelly.

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).

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

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Donal, Donald, Donell, Donnell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Donnell is also pronounced similarly to Danell and Dannel. Other suggested similar baby names are Connell, Dontell, Lonnell and Ronnell. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donnell.