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PronouncedPron.DAHN-əld English
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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).
VariantsDomhnall, Domnall Scottish
DiminutivesDon, Donnie, Donny English
Feminine FormsDonalda, Donella, Donaldina Scottish Donna, Donelle English
Other Languages & CulturesDomhnall, Domnall, Dónal, Donal Irish
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Entry updated March 21, 2014   Contribute