Famous Bearer
Personal Impression
I honestly have to say, I like the name Donald. Forget about politics and like the name for what it is. It’s so original and nice-sounding. Although the duck’s temper was annoying, I try not to let it get in the way. Donald’s a great name.
DylanJordanYoung  2/6/2020
Donald can also be used as a female name. 250 baby girls were given the masculine name Donald in 2015 in the United States of America. Sorry to the males who have this name, but it’s not a very manly name anymore. Donald has officially be established as feminine, girly, and unisex rather than masculine, boyish, and unisex because our president of the United States (Donald J. Trump) has made the name girly with his girly vibe. I think Donald Trump is a very girly girl, so that makes Donald a very girly name.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2019
The statement about the usage of Donald for girls below is completely incorrect. Donald does not occur at all in the list of girls' names for 2015 provided by the Social Security Administration, which means there were fewer than five girls given the name in the United States in 2015.

I suppose the person who made the post about Donald as a girls' name thinks they are making some sort of anti-Trump statement, but instead they are being quite sexist by implying that if the name Donald turned mostly feminine it would somehow diminish him.

I highly disapprove of Donald Trump and his behavior myself. But posting falsehoods about the usage of the name on this forum is highly inappropriate and is not an effective anti-Trump protest.
clevelandkentevans  12/17/2019
My name is Donald and I just discovered this website I saw the argument talking about girls being named boy names and in my opinion Donald is a boy name.
Donald75754754  12/9/2019
If you are named Donald it doesn't mean you will be rude or fat like Trump. Donald is just a name and you shouldn't judge people by their name, there are many nice people named Donald and they aren't like Trump.
― Anonymous User  11/10/2019
It is a name people, the polls have been skewed unfairly because of political bias and association. My name is not Donald nor am I a fan of the current president but to throw so much hate at this name because you dislike a president is childish and frankly undermines the credibility of this site and its commentators. The fact that Donald has been rated as a Feminine Unintellectual Delicate name is ridiculous. How on earth is Donald considered a Feminine name that makes no logical sense unless you purposely did so to show your displeasure? If you cannot give an honest rating on a name because of "bad personal association" then you should not comment at all.
EkonLess  10/15/2019
I agree that to call Donald a feminine name is ridiculous, and that antipathy towards the current President shouldn't lead anyone to say so. However, I think it's perfectly legitimate for antipathy towards Trump to lead to disliking his name. This happens all of the time with non-famous people. For instance, I don't like the name Laura because of a horrible Laura I knew. People in the opinions section of this website often say they don't like a name because they knew someone of that name who they didn't like. And have you noticed how Hillary dropped like a stone as soon as Hillary Clinton became well-known? People do make associations. It can't be helped.
queenv  12/18/2019
Even without the rude president Donald Trump this name is kind of silly. I am not saying that all people named Donald are rude or silly but this name seems like that.
MrNameGuy250  10/9/2019
LOL. Donald means ruler of the world.

More like America’s ruler of the craziness.

But I sort of like the name itself.
nylonpanda  10/8/2019
This name reminds me either of Donald Duck, or that rude fat "American" President Trump. I'm sorry, I like this name, but these associations are too much. I should meet someone who is named Donald and who is a nice person, so that I can stop having these horrible associations about this, overall, pretty good name. P.S. No hate to anyone named Donald.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2019
This is my Name and I absolutely can not stand it. Believe me, growing up I was constantly teased for "Donald Duck", "McDonald's", and now ever since the 2016 presidential election the Trump jokes just couldn't end. God... don't get me wrong, it's not the worst name because I'm at least grateful for my name to not be as atrocious as "Bob", "Dick", "Gaylord" etc. I'm now 22 and my name works fine with just about anyone who hires and talks to me :). Not a horrible name, it's just not great, guys.
Rister .  9/13/2019
I would love to name my son this in the future after my Papa, Donald Lee "Don" _______ (who went by Donny or Donnie as a child), my closest family member outside of my brothers. He died when I was 10. Due to the fact that people will not know my personal association with the name (which point I do not have to defend by hauling out my family tree anytime someone asks) and will more than likely attribute it to Donald Trump (who was born 22 years after my grandpa), a person who I have not been able to stand since I was old enough to know who he is, I will be calling my son by a nickname, Kona. Kona is both the Hawaiian translation of Don as well as another name for Don in English and Scottish.

I, too, form an impression of a name by the people that I know that have that name, not by the worldly associations to the name (i.e. political opinions). My family, like many others out there, have relatives named Donald, and I hate the fear I have that other people’s beliefs will play into what they think of my future children’s names. All those named Donald that I know “are no nonsense, serious, analytical, calm under pressure and folks that I would want around in an emergency. Yet they can laugh at themselves when they make a mistake as long as no one is hurt or loss of property is minimal. They are not flashy but a constant that can be counted on when an anchor is needed."

Many people have personal associations with the name that the world may or may not be able to see. Therein may lie the reason they choose to use the name, and most of the time the world will never learn the reason as parents do not need to defend their name choices, with rare (legally related) exceptions, of course. How a person raises their child determines the type of person they are, no matter what their name is. Their true personalities and belief systems are not determined by the name they are given, but by the experiences they have in life. My Papa was the kindest, most genuine person I know who passed on his best traits to me. In his lifetime, he was only ever wanted take care of his family, nothing more or less.

One of the comments that surprised me the most was "If you don't want to be associated with white supremacy, please don't name your child Donald." In response, all I have to say is that I am not associated with white supremacy, nor will I teach my child to be. It's sad that this is an opinion about a name, that has been apart of many families' histories, that has been tainted to this extent by one man -- that to avoid being associated with ONE man with the name, you have to deny the history of many men with far better morals and ethics. How utterly ridiculous.
shells15  9/1/2019
I never really cared for this name. It made me think of Donald Duck. I’m tempted to name my son this just because of Mr. President. I can think of no greater honor. I know everyone who reads this will hate me. I couldn’t care if I tried.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2019
Donald means “ruler of the world” and Trump means “to excel; surpass; outdo”. He surpassed all other presidential candidates and rules the leading country of the U.N.. Were his parents seers?
― Anonymous User  8/23/2019
Haha, I came here looking for TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) and was not disappointed! Wow, some people really need to grow up. Anyway, I never liked the name Donald, but that has nothing to do with Trump. I'm also not a Democrat OR Republican, so I just stand off to the side and laugh at all the arguing.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2019
Good meaning, just Donald Trump ruined it for me. I mean, he is now President of the USA...
Fufuisacutename  7/13/2019
I wish I could see how the ratings on this name changed over time - specifically around the 2016 election. The comments from before then also tend to negatively associate this name with Trump, as well as others, but the overall vibe I'm getting from them is somewhat more positive than the comments during and after, which tend to be much more polarized politically and don't namedrop Duck or Ronald McDonald nearly as much.

I'm mostly concerned with the masculinity/femininity rating, though. I'm interested to see whether the current userbase lean towards femininity was also the case before the rise of Trump, or whether it's a result of raters' hate of Trump being expressed as sexism. The gender rating is a lot closer to the middle than the other ratings, raising the possibility that it might just be margin of error.

The other ratings also seem to be much more recent developments - according to a comment posted on February 5, 2019, the name Donald was seen as 'dated and nerdy', whereas it's currently (June 25, 2019, 03:30 UTC) rated 62% Modern and 76% Intellectual. However, the first comment pointing out the odd gender ratio was posted December 5, 2017.

For reference, the current ratings are: 74% A Bad Name, 54% Feminine, 62% Modern, 65% Youthful, 69% Informal, 75% Common, 77% Urban, 72% Devious, 65% Delicate, 76% Rough, 72% Strange, 90% Simple, 76% Comedic, 76% Unintellectual.
― Anonymous User  6/24/2019
I don’t see why everyone is politicizing this name. I thought Donald was ugly before Trump.
Theatrenamelover  6/24/2019
Interesting how those who hate Donald Trump did a hit job on this page by calling his name feminine. As if femininity is somehow a bad thing. I thought sexism was a thing of the past? Anyways, the name is fine, somewhat plain in my opinion but better than all of those dreaded -ayden names.
MoyeMax  6/16/2019
Donald O’Kelly is the real name of Daniel Flynn in the movie Bad Times at the El Royale. Portrayed by Jeff Bridges.
Sweetlittlebumblebee  5/30/2019
533 unfortunate boys were named 'Donald' in 2018. It's very likely that number will continue to drop and eventually, within a few years time, hopefully leave the charts.
Realisticmindxxx  5/14/2019
So that's the problem?! You guys are saying this is feminine, because you think that Donald Trump is foolish and you want to call him a girl! How immature! Forget Donald Trump and love this name for what it is!
― Anonymous User  4/11/2019
I’m not really fond of this name. I’m mean it’s okay, but it sounds too old-fashioned to my ears. I still respect President Trump though. I prefer slightly less old-fashioned names for boys besides Michael and John, those are the only two that I like.
By the way, I don’t understand why this name was voted more feminine than masculine. Donald is a masculine boy’s name. There is absolutely nothing feminine, girly, or unisex about it. There are so many traditional boy names I don’t mind for girls, but Donald isn’t one of them.
xxCreative_Mindxx  4/6/2019
Why are you guys letting your wimpy political opinion interfere with how you like this name! So what if Donald Trump has this name. Chill out! He's not as bad as you guys make this sound. This name is awesome.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2019
I can't say that I'm much of a fan of this one. Not only because of the name itself (being seen as dated and nerdy. As well as being the name of our joke of a present, Mr. Trump but for very personal reasons as well. Reasons that I will not disclose. Let's just say, I'll feel very satisfied and relieved once this name drops for the charts, which I strongly predict will take place within the next few years.
Realisticmindxxx  2/5/2019
Why on Earth is this name rated 55% feminine?
― Anonymous User  12/29/2018
In 2018, 56 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Donald who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 29th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/15/2018
First person to tell us why Donald is voted 45% masculine and 55% feminine wins a $1,000 dollar gift card. You guys vote more rates of the male given name Donald, being feminine. But nobody posted any comments about it being feminine or a girl's name. It’s because you think Donald Trump is girly? LOL! No! But because girls should have boy names especially from its original past. I get it now!
― Anonymous User  9/25/2018
Wow, that is weird! Never noticed that.
kayisforkeen  10/1/2018
I have never liked the names Ronald or Donald. I think they sound ugly. It's funny that Mac on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is named Ronald McDonald. Funny because of the McDonald's mascot, but also funny because the -onald names just sound comical and dorky these days. The terrible president is a sad little blip on the radar of human history, and I think it's possible that the name will survive despite him. Too bad, because I hated it long before I knew who he was.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2018
Not everyone is fond of Donald Trump, but it’s sad to see how people are making their beliefs interfere with a name.
Curious me  9/2/2018
Unless you want to expose your political views, it's best not to comment about this name.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2018
I never liked this name, but now I like it less because of Donald Trump. Donald means ruler of the world. Hmmm...
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
This name belongs to the author of “The Art of Computer Programming” Donald Knuth, professor emeritus at Stanford University.
RusselWarren15  7/14/2018
It’s sad that people have to let their political opinions affect their opinions on a name...
RusselWarren15  7/14/2018
Donald Trump ruined this name.
GoGetterCFerg  6/21/2018
The first stickler, Donald Lawler. Also, he is my great-grandfather. I was for Bernie Sanders, but I don't hate it because of King Deportation. Sounds beautiful, and if anyone hates the meaning, it's Celtic tradition to do that.
(see Ryan).
Mattie Rugg  4/15/2018
Two more famous bearers: singing stars Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond and Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg Jr.
That70sShowGeek  2/23/2018
This name is handsome and distinguished. It represents strength and success. I like this name even better now because of President Donald Trump.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2018
This was not a horrible name but Trump has made it unusable with his vile persona.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2018
It's quite a shame that so many people came to this name just to give it bad ratings because they dislike Donald Trump. There are other bearers of this name, you know. And I think that even though it's a bit rough sounding, it's a nice and traditional Scottish name.
TheGreatCornholio  1/29/2018
Took one look at the name ratings and I just knew that spiteful liberals could not resist tarnishing it. Is "urban" supposed to be bad? Lmao!
xioian  12/19/2017
I simply don't understand why so many people, 54% voted this name for girls. Dona? Dora? But why Donald?
BehindAName9  12/5/2017
I've personally never met anyone named Donald here in Singapore, but the name is so tarnished now because of the American president. Personally, I associate the name more with Donald Duck, the Disney character, than Trump (my god, there are so many politically inclined comments here...). The meaning is too arrogant-sounding, in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  11/1/2017
Please respect and obey our President. The irrational fear and hatred of our President by the majority of opposers is totally out of control!
― Anonymous User  10/6/2017
Right now the name is suffering because of a certain extremely unpopular US President, but even with my feelings about said President, I can't hate this name because it is my dad's name.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2017
The name Donald sounds professional. Especially Don. Much better than Hilary. :)
― Anonymous User  6/15/2017
I always thought Donald was a goofy and dorky sounding name. Donald Trump ruined this name.
Luvbug86  6/4/2017
So ugly and dowdy, plus of course it's the name of the racist, arrogant, and ignorant clown whom Russia elected president of the United States. Trump has definitely made this name the new Adolf.
Acajou  5/4/2017
Will probably end up as the new Adolf because of the Trump association.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2017
This will NEVER be usable in America again.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2016
I'd hold off on this name for a little while to see what Donald Trump does during his presidency. He's promised to shake things up and so far it seems to be in the negative direction. The name has the potential to be associated with him for a long time so don't saddle your child with that without knowing how things may turn out.
― Anonymous User  12/6/2016
If you don't want to be associated with white supremacy, please don't name your child Donald.
S-Genesis  11/28/2016
Donald Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., is a bearer of this name.
ERK  11/24/2016
Donald John Trump, the 45th president of the United States. I really wished that wasn't the reality and hopefully he will serve only 1-term. 4 years rather than 8. 44th technically since Grover Cleveland is counted as both the 22nd and 24th President. Just saying...

This name has been decreasing for a while but now thanks to Trump, I guarantee the name will decrease even faster. I really hope it does.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2016
I don't really like the meaning, "ruler of the world". Also, Donald Trump is very dangerous. If he becomes the president, he'll think he IS the ruler of the world. If you already named a son Donald, or plan to name your next son Donald, I do recommend calling him Don, because very few people if anyone will associate the nickname Don with Donald Trump.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2016
Donald Trump is running for president, he is not liked by many, the name Donald will never be very popular if it ever was. The association with Mr. Trump will not be forgotten, just like with Donald Duck. This name has too many unfavorable associations to be given to a child.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2016
Does anyone else find it a little bit frightening that this name means "ruler of the world," what with Donald Trump and all...?
ThatOneAuthorGirl  8/22/2016
My name is in fact Donald, and quite honestly I, like everybody else, had no choice in the matter. We were named by our parents, it was their choice. Whether a person likes the name or not, for some reason is of no concern here. We were given the name and we have to live with it, or have it legally changed. Either way we have to deal with it despite what others think of it.
sdonald2  7/30/2016
It's a duck... it's the president. Best name ever!
Trump2016  7/27/2016
Donald was my grandfather's name. He was a kind and loving man. I love the name Donald. It sounds like the name of a Scotsman. I also think of Donald Sutherland or Don Estelle. Too bad that idiot Trump is called it. It's sad, as Donald is a lovely name and I do not want to have my Grandfather's name tainted by that jerk.
Mr.Cheese  6/16/2016
I was interested to read here that it's sometimes used in Poland. In the 16th and 17th centuries (perhaps later too) a number of Scottish merchants and peddlers settled in Poland. I wonder whether that explains the use of Donald there.
Just Jonquil  6/9/2016
Donald never had the highest ratings to begin with, but it looks like they've recently tanked because of Donald Trump. I find it sad, really, because I don't think Donald is that bad of a name, all associations aside. I hope the stigma doesn't remain for too long of a time.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2016
I've never cared for this name. There's the very unfortunate association with that super-ignorant jerk Donald Trump, and I'm afraid that a lot of American baby boys who get the name this year will probably be getting it after Trump.
Buneary  5/22/2016
Boy, there sure are plenty of salty liberals on this website who condemn this name because of its association with a certain 2016 presidential candidate. Personally, I'd consider donning a future child of mine with this name because of the living legend himself, Donald Trump.
― Anonymous User  5/12/2016
I'm reminded of Donald Draper from Mad Men. Voted "Sexiest Man Alive". No denying Don was the quintessential ladies man. Handsome, complex, successful and desired by beautiful women. Donald is a great name.
Deemic  4/18/2016
I don't even mind the association with the cartoon character Donald Duck, but I personally, would never use this name because of Donald Trump.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2016
Donald isn't the best name; it's dated but tolerable. The name has been used far before Trump and there are a slew of other Donald's out there. People using the name have nothing to do with Trump.
I knew someone who named their son this as his middle name. Not because of trump but because it was the little guy's grandfather's name.
― Anonymous User  1/16/2016
I'm sure most parents using this name these days worship that right-wing fascist Donald Trump.
TyrannosaurusRegina  1/11/2016
Sounds like someone who's enormously fat and was the school bully back in his day.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
If this name wasn't synonymous with Donald Trump, I'd be alright with it. :)
― Anonymous User  11/29/2015
Like the name. Sounds strong yet willing to flex. The contraction of the name Don seems to roll off the tongue. I form an impression of a name by the people that I know that have that name (Yes, strange I know) not by how it sounds like some people or associate it with a stereotype i.e. Donald Duck, Donald Trump etc. The three guys I know that have this name are no nonsense, serious, analytical, calm under pressure and folks that I would want around in an emergency. Yet they can laugh at themselves when they make a mistake as long as no one is hurt or loss of property is minimal. They are not flashy but a constant that can be counted on when an anchor is needed.
DJS  11/24/2015
I don't like this name at all. It has an ugly sound, and it reminds me of Donald Duck, Donald Trump, and McDonalds. The only good part of the name (in my opinion) is the meaning, and very few people would actually care about the meaning of a fairly popular name.
― Anonymous User  11/5/2015
I think this is a cute name for a guy.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2014
Honestly, Donald Duck and Trump don't ruin this name for me, I just think it's a hideous name.
Ali Hassan  7/9/2014
I originally hated this name (as shown by my comment above), but now I love it for some reason. I think it's great, vintage, and strong with a very good meaning also.
Ali Hassan  8/15/2014
A very old name. Donald duck comes to mind haha, so sorry no, never.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2014
Donald Tusk (2007) is, as of 2012, the Prime Minister of Poland. And yes, his non-fans get a lot of laughs from his first name (especially since his political opponent has the last name Kaczyński, which comes from the word kaczka, "duck").
judgedeadd  7/1/2013
Name of the Day: June 24, 2013.
― Anonymous User  6/24/2013
Donald Glover is an actor/comedian who plays Troy Barnes on the American TV show "Community" and also raps under the stage name Childish Gambino.
bibi66  2/8/2013
This has got to be the most capitalistic name ever. That said, for good or for ill, its meaning is indeed not too far off the mark.
Riez  12/27/2012
This name just doesn't do it for me because of the association with the Donald Duck cartoon character.
GibsonGirl  11/30/2011
According to, there are twenty-three people in the U.S. named Donald Duck!

(I knew of one that was older than the character. Perhaps at least some of these are.)
Kosta  10/7/2011
I think it's interesting that this name is really only used in America. You'd be hard pressed to find a Donald anywhere else.
SamBelden  9/9/2011
Name of the Day: June 24th, 2011.
AndrewJKD  6/28/2011
Reminds me too much of the duck and the Trump.
mrose19  5/7/2011
Awesome meaning. :)
Chrila96  1/28/2011
Donald Faison, the actor of Scrubs and Clueless.
Mtbridge  1/24/2010
Donald Watson (2nd September 1910 - 16 November 2005), founder of the Vegan Society and coined the termed 'vegan'.
Luangi  11/23/2009
Donald O'Connor: he sang, he acted, he danced. You may know him as Cosmo Brown in Singin' in the Rain.
welovejamesarness  11/10/2009
Det. Donald "Don" Flack is a character on "CSI:New York".
FriedaPS  11/1/2009
Donald Knuth is a well-known computer scientist, author of 'The Art of Computer Programming.'
vomiting  9/10/2009
I can't believe that people would be put off a name by cartoon characters and celebs, lol! Donald is a really great name. I think the meaning fits in my mind what I imagine a Donald to be like.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2009
Well - now that I see the meaning of the name, the fact that Mr. Trump has had such a huge success doesn't seem so odd!
― Anonymous User  3/23/2009
It's also used in Poland, although rarely.
Nayanne  3/14/2009
I don't like this name. It makes me think of that selfish jerk Donald Trump.
bananarama  8/8/2008
It was Kurt Cobain's middle name.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2008
Donald Dewar, the first ever First Minister of the newly formed Scottish Parliament from 1999 until his death in 2000.
Tytan  3/10/2008
A couple of unfortunate associations would make me hesitant to use this name for a child. The lisping and abrasive Donald Duck is fairly bad; but the real clincher is the comedy song 'Donald, Where's Yer Troosers?'. I can just imagine the endless embarrassment the poor kid would have to suffer from "witty" people singing choice lines from this song everywhere he goes. If I lived in a part of the world where this song was unknown, this would be near the top of my list of names as otherwise I like it very much.
Tytan  3/10/2008
Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard is the medical examiner on the show NCIS. The character is played by David McCallum.
Firestorm  7/28/2007
It acually reminds me of the cartoon character "Donald Duck."
― Anonymous User  5/1/2007
A famous bearer is Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman.
Niqui  2/15/2007
When I hear this name, I can't help but think of a bumbling, not so intelligent person, but the meaning of this name, "ruler of the world" is quite the opposite of my impression.
angelgurl  10/16/2006
If you're going to give your child a name that means "ruler of the world," they're gonna have to be pretty conceited when they grow up.
― Anonymous User  7/3/2006
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in my eyes, bears this name with high honor!
Tbird  4/15/2006
Donald Duck and Donald Trump are two famous bearers.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005
Never have I known someone to fit the meaning of their name as my grandad (Donald) did his! This name is wonderful!
natalie11181  8/3/2005

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