Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#2477 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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 1950-1959 and have become significantly less widespread since, 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.