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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Don Family Origin

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Don Family Occupations

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In 1921, Labourer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Don. 16% of Don men worked as a Labourer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Cook

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Don life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Don in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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