Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#3974 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Donnell and related names. 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 and are now much less popular, with the forms Donald, Donnell and Donal becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)