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- African-American, Italian
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- The Master Builder
- Large Undertakings
Etymology & Historical Origin - Donte
Donte (sometimes rendered as Donté with an accent mark over the “e”) is an African-American spin on the Latin name Dante. Dante is a contracted form of the Italian Durante which means “steadfast, enduring” from the Latin "durus" meaning “hard, firm”. The name Dante was most famously borne by Dante Alighieri, the 13th century poet who gave the world one of the greatest pieces of medieval literature: “La Grande Commedia” or in English, The Divine Comedy. This masterpiece is divided into three parts (the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) and tells of Dante’s journey through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. In other words, it’s an allegory of the soul’s journey toward God. Dante himself wrote that the Comedy was a passage from “the human to the divine, from time to the eternal, from Florence to a people just and sane.” (Dante had been exiled to Rome from his home in Florence, but after the success of his epic poem throughout Italy, he was readily invited back). Donte/Donté was coined by African-Americans during the early 1970s.
Popularity of the Name Donte
Donte first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1971 amidst a Cultural Revolution taking place in the country. Following the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Black Americans began to reclaim their own unique identity after years of oppression. One example of this re-possession came in the form of how African-Americans henceforth named their children. Several trends began to emerge in the 1970s (invented names, blending of names, African names, Arabic names, etc). Donte/Donté is an example of a simple respelling of an existing name (in this case Dante). Donte became more distinctly Black. Donté with the accent mark adds extra pizzazz to differentiate the name even more. As a name mostly restricted to the African-American community (roughly 14% of the U.S. population), Donte has done quite well in terms of usage. During the 1980s and 90s it was often a Top 100 name choice in the District of Columbia. Today, however, Donte is so rarely used that it’s in danger of dropping off the Top 1000 list altogether.
Popularity of the Boy Name Donte
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Donte
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Donte
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Popular Songs on Donte
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Donte
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Famous People Named Donte
Famous People Named Donte - Donté Stallworth (football player); Donté Greene (basketball player); Donte Whitner (football player); Donté Curry (football player); Donte Nicholson (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Donte
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Donte - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Donte
The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.
Variations of the Baby Name - Donte