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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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Where is the Don family from?

You can see how Don families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Don family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Don families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Don families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Don's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Don families in 1840.
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What did your Don ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Don. 18% of Don men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Don women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Don were Proprietor and Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Proprietor
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    12%
  • Maid
    10%
  • Secretary
    9%
  • Laborer
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Don. For the veterans among your Don ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Don lifespan?

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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