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What does Donald mean?

Donald Pronunciation of Donald [don-ald] 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.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, great, chief (leader), mighty (strong), clan (surname), estate (home).


Donald has 1 variant: Donnell.

7 more related forms via Don, Donal, Donny: Donell, Donn, Donnan, Donne, Donnel, Donnie and Donny.

1 feminine form: Donalda.

Creative forms:
(male) Denald, Dunnald, ..

(female) Donda, Donin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Donald Cory (D.C.), ..

How popular is Donald?

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. Demographics)

Donald reached its highest position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #441 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Donald (#441 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000 are Don (#1463 from current records), Donal, Donell, Donn, Donnell (#1866), Donnie (#1432) and Donny. These relations of Donald reached the peak of their popularity 9 decades ago (median #681) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1650, 98.3% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donald, Don, Donal, Donell, Donn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donnell, Donnie, Donny in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Arnald, Arnold, Bald, Conal, Conall, Dainard, Dale, Daly, Dana, Danal, Danar, Daneal, Danell, Danial, Danil, Danilo, Danyal, Dard, Darnall, Darold, Daynard (see Dainard), Denali, Denly, Derald, Deval, Doan, Doane, Dod, Dolan, Dolf, Donahoe, Donahue, Donato, Donatus, Donau, Donavan, Dondre, Dontae, Dontaye, Donte, Dontey, Doran, Dorli (see Dor), Dougal, Dougall, Dowan, Doyle, Dugaid, Dugal, Dugald, Dugall (see Dougal), Dunly (see Dunley), Durand, Duval, Duvall, Evald, Ewald, Fernald, Furnald, Gerald, Harald, Jerald, Mcdonald, Oswald, Ranald, Raynald, Reinald, Roald, Ronal, Ronald, Ronaldo, Roneld, Sewald, Torald and Tybald. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donald.

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