What does the word "Don" mean to a Spanish or English speaker?
If someone were called Don Gabriel for example, what image does that portray? Would he be a Spaniard? Is this term used today?
My big fat dictionary has this to say:
Don/Doña - A courtesy title placed before the 1st name of an older or more senior man/woman as a way of showing them your respect when talking to them or about them.
Although now becoming rarer, they are commonly used before full names on official documents and contracts.
Un cordial saludo,
Señor Don Moe
(I'm thinking of changing my screen name,)
ANyone could use Don. A mexican, guatemalan or anyone from any other country could use it and its a term of respect like Usted.