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What does Donella mean?

Donella /do-nel-la/ as a name for girls. Donella's name origin is Italian, and Donella means "lady". Donella is an alternate spelling of Denelle with the prefix Do-. Donella is also a variant of Donna (Italian).

Associated with: lady (noble)


Donella has 3 variants: Donalie, Donnalee and Donnella.

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

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

(male) Donelan, Doneldan, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Donella for girls. 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, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Donella and corresponding names. Dona, Donetta, Donia, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donna (#1407 in recent rankings), Donnalee and Donya are the popular related forms of Donella. Adoption of these relations of Donella reached its most widespread 54 years ago (median #1498) and has become much reduced since (#1940, 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.