Don (given name)

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Language(s)English, Irish
Meaningbrown, chief, noble
Other names
Variant form(s)Donn
Pet form(s)Donnie, Donny, The Don, Donjomin

Don is a masculine given name in the Irish language and a short form of another masculine given name in the English language. The Irish name is derived from the Irish donn; the name can either mean "brown", or "chief", "noble". The Irish name is a variant spelling of Donn. The English name is unrelated to the Irish name; this name is a short form of the given name Donald or Donovan. Pet forms of this English name include: Donnie and Donny.[1] It can also be a surname, also derived from "brown". It is a common name in the English language.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 78, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1