Meaning and Origin of: Don

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Ruler of the world

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : Aberdeenshire surname, presumably a topographic name referring to the River Don, although according to Black, it may be a variant of Dunn.
  • Italian : in northern Italy (Venetia), from the personal name Dono, a shortening of dono di Dio ‘gift of God’; in the south, it is probably from the honorific title don, meaning ‘master’.
  • French : from the personal name Dodo(ne).
  • Spanish : unexplained; perhaps from the term of address don ‘mister’ (Latin dominus), in the patronymic form De Don, or perhaps a habitational name from a hypothetical place so called
  • Hungarian : from a short form of the personal name Donát (see Donath).
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from the personal name Don, a variant of Dan.
  • Vietnamese ({D-}ôn) : unexplained.

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