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What does Donna mean?

Donna \d(on)-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.


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.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Stevonna.

Donna has 1 more alternative form via Madonna: Madona.


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 (#38173 out of 88799, Top 43%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Donna for girls. Donna reached its top position of #8 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Donna name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Donna and corresponding names. Dona, Donita, Donnie, Ladonna and Madonna are the popular related forms of Donna. This girl name was at the top of its popularity during the years 1930-1939 and has become significantly less popular since, with versions such as Donita, Donna, Donnie, Ladonna and Madonna falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dona, Donita, Donna, Donnie, 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 Daena, Dagna, Daina, Dana, Danea, Dania, Danna, Dannah, Danni, Dannia, Danny, Danya, Dawna, Dayna, Deana, Deanna, Deena, Deionna, Dena, Denia, Denna, Denni, Denny, Deona, Deonna, Dhana, Dhanna, Diana, Dianna, Digna, Dina, Dinny, Dinya, Diona, Dionna, Donnay, Duana, Duena, Duna, Dwana, Dyana, Dyanna and Dyna. Other recommended similar baby names are Danne, Deonne, Dionne, Honna, Jonna, Lonna, Monna, Nonna and Ronna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donna.