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What does Donnelly mean?

Donnelly Pronunciation of Donnelly [don-nel-ly] as a name for boys means "world mighty; brown-haired fighter". Donnelly is a version of Donnell (Scottish, Irish).

Associated with: mighty (strong), brown, fighter (warrior).


2 different relations via Donnell: Donell and Donnel.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Donnelly Juan (D.J.), ..

How popular is Donnelly?

Donnelly is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1036 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Donnelly (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 are Donnell (#1866 in recent rankings) and Donell. These forms of Donnelly were at the height of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (median #714) and have become significantly less common since. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donell, Donnell in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Donnelly and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Connell, Cornell, Daneal, Danell, Daniel, Daniele, Dannel, Danyel, Darnell, Denley, Denly, Denney, Denzell, Donal, Donatello, Donne, Donny, Dontell, Dontey, Dontrell, Donzel, Dorrell, Dunley, Dunly (see Dunley), Dunnlea (see Dunley), Dunnley (see Dunley), Fonzell (see Fonso), Jontell (see Jonte), Kinnell, Kornell, Lennell, Lionnell, Lionnello (see Lionel), Lonell, Lonnell, Lonzell, Lornell (see Lorne), Lyonnell, Lyonnello (see Lionel), Ronell, Ronello, Ronnell, Vondell and Vontell. These names tend to be more commonly used than Donnelly.

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