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What does Donnell mean?

Donnell Pronunciation of Donnell 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. Also form of Donald.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, irish, mighty (strong), brown, fighter (warrior)


VARIANTS Donal, Donell, Donnel, Donnelly



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How popular is Donnell?

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)

Donnell was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its peak rank of #513 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donnell name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Donnell ranked in the Top 2000 are Donald (#526 FROM RECENT DATA), Donal and Donell. These relations of Donnell were at the height of their popularity 9 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 2.7%) and are now much less popular (ADOPTION 0.03%, 98.9%), with forms like Donald becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

Similar Names

Donnell is pronounced similarly to Daneal, Danell, Daniel, Daniele, Dannel and Danyel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Angell, Ansell, Blondell, Boswell, Burnell, Conall, Connell, Cordell, Cornell, Covell, Darcell, Darnall, Darnel, Darnell, Denney, Denzel, Denzell, Denzill, Derell, Doane, Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donny, Donte, Dontell, Dontey, Dontrell, Donzel, Dorrell, Dougall, Durell, Durrell, Fonzell (see Fonso), Gorrell, Jontell (see Jonte), Jordell, Jorell, Jorrell, Kinnell, Kordell, Kornell, Lendell, Lennell, Lindell, Lionnell, Lonell, Lonnell, Lonzell, Lornell (see Lorne), Lovell, Lowell, Lyonnell, Mendell, Montrell, Morell, Norvell, Norwell, Powell, Rancell, Rendell, Ronell, Ronnell, Rossell, Rowell, Tynell, Vondell, Vontell and Wendell. These names tend to be less frequently used than Donnell.

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