Meaning and Origin of: Donato

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Italian : Gift
  • Latin : Given
  • Italian : Gift

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Italian : from the medieval personal name Donato (Latin Donatus, past participle of donare, frequentative of dare ‘to give’). It was the name of a 4th-century Italian bishop martyred in c. 350 under Julian the Apostate, as well as various other early saints, and a 4th-century grammarian and commentator on Virgil, widely respected in the Middle Ages as a figure of great learning. See also Donat.