Donn (given name)
2. "chief", "noble"
Donn is a given name in the Irish language. Donn was originally a byname, which had two meanings: one of the meanings was "brown"; the other was "chief" or "noble". Its use as a given name today is represents a short form of any of the various of Gaelic names that begin with the first element donn-. A variant form of the name is Don.
People with the byname
- Domnall Donn (died 696), king of Dál Riata
- Donnchad Donn (died 944), High King of Ireland
- Gofraid Donn, (fl. 13th century), King of the Isles
- William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster (1312-1333), noble in the Peerage of Ireland
- Rob Donn (1714-1778), Scottish Gaelic poet
People with the given name
- Donn A. Starry (born 1925), retired United States Army four-star general
- Donn Arden (1916-1994), American choreographer
- Donn B. Murphy (21st century), President and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
- Donn Cambern (born 1929), American film editor
- Donn Clendenon (1935-2005), first baseman in Major League Baseball
- Donn Cothaid mac Cathail (died 773), King of Connacht
- Donn F. Draeger (1922-1982), American judoka
- Donn F. Eisele (1930-1987), United States Air Force officer
- Donn F. Porter (1931-1952), soldier in the United States Army
- Donn Fendler (born 1927), Boy Scout
- Donn Landee (21st century), American record producer and engineer
- Donn Moomaw (born 1931), American football player
- Donn Pall (born 1962), former American professional baseball player
- Donn Pearce (born 1928), American author
- Donn Swaby (born 1973), American actor
- Donn Tatum (1913-1993), president of Walt Disney Productions
- Donn Trenner (born 1927), American jazz pianist
- Donn Kean Degnon (born 1940), American, retired
- Donn Barber (1871-1925), American architect
- Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 346, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
- "Learn about the family history of your surname". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010. which cited A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280050-7. for the given name "Donn".
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