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What does Donna mean?

Donna Pronunciation of Donna [don-na] as a girls' name is pronounced DAH-nah. It is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Donna is "lady". The original meaning is closer to "lady of the home". A title of respect, equivalent to Don for men. Modern use dates from the 1920s. See also Madonna. Actress Donna Reed; swimmer Donna Devarona; fashion designer Donna Karan; singer Donna Summer.

Associated with: lady (noble), modern, reed (meadow).


Donna has 25 variants: Dahna, Dahnya, Dona, Donalie, Donella, Donelle, Donetta, Donia, Donica, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donnalee, Donnalyn, Donnamarie, Donnell, Donnella, Donnelle, Donni, Donnica, Donnie, Donnisse, Donny, Donya and Ladonna.

Affiliated girl name: Stevonna.

Creative forms:
(female) Donee, Donnat, ..

(male) Donda, Dondar, ..

Middle name pairings:
Donna Tianna (D.T.), ..

How popular is Donna?

Donna is a very prominent first name for women (#17 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#33876 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Donna reached its top position of #8 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is currently at #1437. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Don, Dona, Donella, Donetta, Donia, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donnalee, Donnamarie, Donnie, Donya, Ladonna and Madonna are the popular related forms of Donna (#1437 in 2015) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Donna were popular during the years 1960-1969 (median #1445) and have become significantly less common since (#1962, down 99.7%), with versions such as Dona becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donna, Don, Dona, Donella, Donetta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donia, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donnalee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donnamarie, Donnie, Donya, Ladonna, Madonna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Donna is alike in pronunciation to Daina, Dana, Danah, Danay, Danee, Dania, Dannee, Dannia, Deana, Deeana, Deenya, Denae, Denna, Denni, Dennie, Deona, Dhanna, Dina, Diona, Dionna, Donnay, Duana, Dwayna, Dyana and Dyna. Other recommended names are Anonna, Canna, Danne, Davonna, Deonne, Dionne, Doda, Dola, Domina, Donata, Doncia, Donika, Dora, Dorma, Dosia, Dosya, Dova, Drina, Elonna, Genna, Gunna, Honna, Idonna, Ilonna, Jenna, Joanna, Johna, Jona, Jonna, Keonna, Lanna, Linna, Lonna, Lorna, Monna, Morna, Nanna, Nenna, Nonna, Norna, Oona, Rona, Ronna, Tunna, Yanna, Yoana, Yoanna, Yonina, Yvonna and Zanna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donna.

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