What does Donnell mean?
Donnell \d(o)-nne-ll\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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 on this name, see also the related boy name Donald.
Donnell is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#681 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#5004 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Donnell for boys. Donnell was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #530 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Popular alternative forms of Donnell ranked in the Top 1000 are Donald (#418 last year), Donell and Donal. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.3845%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.1455%, down 62.2%), with the forms Donald, Donal and Donnell becoming less stylish. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Donnell and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)