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Meaning and name origin

Donna \d(on)-na\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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 information, see also the related girl name Stevonna.


Donna is a very popular first name for females (#17 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#38173 out of 88799, Top 43%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Donna for girls. Donna reached its highest rank of #8 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Donna and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ladonna, Madonna, Donnie, Donna, Donita and Dona. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dona, Donita, Donna, Donnie, Ladonna, Madonna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Donna is also pronounced similarly 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 suggested similar baby names are Danne, Deonne, Dionne, Honna, Jonna, Lonna, Monna, Nonna and Ronna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donna.