DONALD
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: DAHN-əld (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world. This is the name of one of Walt Disney's most popular cartoon characters, Donald Duck. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Domhnall, Domnall (Scottish)
DIMINUTIVES: Don, Donnie, Donny (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Donalda, Donaldina, Donella (Scottish), Donna, Donelle (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Domhnall, Domnall, Donal, Dónal (Irish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #415