What does Donald mean?
Donald \d(o)-na-ld\ as a boys' name is pronounced DAHN-ald. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Donald is "great chief; world mighty". Donald is one of the clan names of Scotland. Linked nowadays to the cartoon duck created by Disney. Actors Donald Sutherland, Don Cheadle, Donal Logue; real estate tycoon Donald Trump; singer Donny Osmond.
Donald▼ has 1 variant: Donnell▼.
Donald has 1 feminine form: Donalda.
Donald is a very prominent first name for males (#15 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2802 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Donald for boys. Donald reached its highest position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #418 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Donald and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Donald (#418 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Don, Donal, Donell, Donn, Donnell, Donnie and Donny. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.5154%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.0728%, down 85.9%), with forms such as Donald, Donn, Donnell, Donnie and Donny falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Ronald. Like Donald, this name is not commonly used.