Its source is Durante, an Italian name meaning "Enduring."
The name Donte ranked 579th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1033rd in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
The full name of the Italian poet known as Dante was Durante. The name he popularized was in fact a nickname.