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Gender: male
Pronunciation: DAHN-awld
Meaning: world leader, world ruler
Related Names: Domhnall, Domnall, Don, Donal, Donn, Donnell, Donnie, Donnny, Donny, Dumhnuil, Dunmore, Dónall, McDonald

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 261


Name: donald Origin: Irish,,, Scottish,,, [[Origin::origin:Celtic or Gaelic]], [[Category:origin:Celtic or Gaelic Names]], [[Category:origin:Celtic or Gaelic Given Names]], Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): world leader, world ruler



The name Donald derives from the Gaelic “Domhnall” meaning “world ruler.” It is believed to stem from the Celtic “Dubno-walos” meaning “mighty in the deep” or from “Dumno-valos” meaning “world mighty.” It is a combination of “dubno” meaning “world” and “walos” meaning “mighty” or “ruler.” Additionally, some believe it stems from the Gaelic “don” meaning “brown.”

The name Donald is a Scottish clan name. It also belonged to five different Kings of Scotland, including King Domnall Brecc the Freckled (629-642), King Domnall Donn (688-695), King Domnall I (859-863), King Domnall II Dasachtach (889-900) and King Domnall III Bane (1093-1097).


According to the 1990 United States Census, Donald ranked as the 15th most popular male first name, the 2,654th most popular female first name and the 2,477th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boy's names every decade since 1880 and in the Top 1,000 most popular girl's names two decades during the 1920’s and 1930’s. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 400 most popular boy's names every year from 2000 (218th) through 2006 (303rd).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Donald in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:303rd
  • Year: 2005 Rank:289th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:264th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:257th
  • Year: 2002 Rank:255th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:236th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:218th


  • July 7th is celebrated in Slovakia in honor of the name Donald.
  • July 15th is celebrated by the Catholic Church in honor of St. Donald.
  • July 15th is celebrated in France in honor of the name Donald.


  • “Donald Duck” is an animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney.
  • “Donnie” is a song by the dance pop band “Ace of Base.”
  • The “Donalds” are hills in Scotland, of which there are eighty nine.
  • "Donnie Darko" is the name of a cult science fiction movie.


  • Donald Rumsfeld – Former United States Secretary of Defense.
  • Donald Tsang - Chief Executive of Hong Kong.
  • Donald Sutherland – Film and television actor.
  • Don Cheadle – Television and film actor who was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” for his work in the 2004 movie “Hotel Rwanda.”
  • Donald Crisp – Television and film actor who won an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his work in the 1941 movie “How Green Was My Valley.”
  • Donald Trump – American businessman who has become famous from his reality television show “The Apprentice.”
  • Don McLean – Folk rock singer and songwriter who became famous in 1971 with the song American Pie.
  • Donald J. Cram - Won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1987.
  • Donal Logue – Movie and television actor.
  • Donald A. Glaser - Won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1960.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about DonaldRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 6  +
Meaning world leader, world ruler  +
Meaningnc world leader, world ruler  +
Name donald  +
Origin Irish  +, Scottish  +, and Gaelic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation DAHN-awld  +
Rank in 2000s 261  +
Related Domhnall  +, Domnall  +, Don  +, Donal  +, Donn  +, Donnell  +, Donnie  +, Donnny  +, Donny  +, Dumhnuil  +, Dunmore  +, Dónall  +, and McDonald  +
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