Don Name 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dona, Yon, Bon, Din, Son, Mon, Ron, Doe, Down, Dorn

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In 1881, Farmer and Farm Servant were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Don. The most common Don occupation in Canada was Farmer. 50% of Don's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Don family was Not Given.

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