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What does Donella mean?

Donella Pronunciation of Donella [donel-la] as a name for girls is an Italian name, and Donella means "lady". Donella is an alternate spelling of Denelle. Donella is also a variant of Donna (Italian).

Associated with: lady (noble).


Donella has 3 variants: Donalie, Donnalee and Donnella.

16 more relations via Denelle, Donna: Danell, Denell, Dinelle, Dona, Donell, Donelle, Donetta, Donia, Donica, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donnell, Donnelle, Donnica and Donya.

Creative forms:
(female) Donelta, Tanella, ..

(male) Donelan, Donelon, ..

Middle name pairings:
Donella Beatrice (D.B.), ..

How popular is Donella?

Donella is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#3657 out of 4276, Top 86%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Donella was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #1796 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donella name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Donella outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Dona, Donetta, Donia, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donna (#1437 in recent rankings), Donnalee and Donya are the popular related forms of Donella. Adoption of these relations of Donella reached its most widespread 55 years ago (median #1498) and has become much reduced since (#1943, 100%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donella, Dona, Donetta, Donia, Donielle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donisha, Donita, Donna, Donnalee, Donya in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Donella and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Donella is alike in pronunciation to Danella, Danelley, Daniela, Daniella, Danila, Danniella and Danyella. Other suggested similar names are Agnella (see Agnes), Corella, Cornella, Daanelle, Damalla, Danele, Danelle, Danielle, Danille, Dannell, Dannelle, Danyell, Danyelle, Dawnelle, Della, Diella, Donalda, Doneille, Donelda, Dorelia, Dorelle, Fenella, Finella, Fynella, Ginella, Janella, Jenella, Jinella, Joella, Johnella, Jonell, Jonella, Jonelle, Jowella, Korella, Loella, Louella, Lovella, Morella, Mosella, Nanella, Noella, Norella, Novella, Onella, Robella, Romella, Ronella, Ronelle, Ronnella, Rosella, Rozella and Tonell. These names tend to be less frequently used than Donella.

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