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Gender: female
Pronunciation: DON-nah, DAHN-a, DON-na, DAH-nah
Meaning: world ruler, lady, woman
Related Names: Dahna, Dahnya, Dona, Donalie, Donella, Donelle, Donetta, Donia, Donica, Donielle, Donisha, Donita, Donnalee, Donnalyn, Donna-Marie, Donnell, Donnella, Donnelle, Donni, Donnica, Donnie, Donnisse, Donny, Donya, Ladonna, Madonna

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 793


Name: donna Origin: [[Origin::origin:Gaelic]], [[Category:origin:Gaelic Names]], [[Category:origin:Gaelic Given Names]], Italian,, Meaning (no case): world ruler, lady, woman

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The name Donna has three possible origins. It is the modern feminine form of “Donald” meaning “world ruler,” which has Gaelic origins. In Italy, “Donna” means “lady” and is used, courteously, before the name of a woman. Additionally, the name Donna is attributed to being a shortened form originating from “Madonna” meaning “my lady,” also of Italian origin.


According to the 1990 United States Census, Donna ranked as the 17th most popular female first name and the 38,173rd most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular girls' names every decade since 1880 and in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names in the 1940s and 1960s. In the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 900 most popular girls' names every year from 2000 (669th) through 2006 (832nd), but appears to be on the decline.

United States Popularity of the girl's name Donna in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:832nd
  • Year: 2005 Rank:830th
  • Year: 2004 Rank:781st
  • Year: 2003 Rank:773rd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:678th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:705th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:669th


  • “Donna” is the name of a city in the very south of Texas, USA.
  • “Donna” was a category five hurricane in the 1960 Atlantic hurricane season.


  • “Donna” is a song by rocker Richie Valens (Ricardo Steven Valenzuela).
  • “Donna and Blitzen” is a song by indie rock singer and songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough).
  • “Oh, Donna” is the name of a song by the English pop band “10cc.”
  • “Donna Pinciotti,” played by Laura Prepon, is a character on television’s That '70s Show.
  • “Donnatella 'Donna' Moss,” played by Janel Moloney, is a character on the television drama The West Wing.
  • “Donna Martin-Silver,” played by Tori Spelling, is a character on the television show Beverly Hills, 90210.


  • Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske) – Fashion designer who created “Donna Karan New York” (DKNY).
  • Donna Caponi-Byrnes – American Hall of Fame professional golfer.
  • Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines) – American singer and songwriter who was dubbed "Queen Of Disco" in the 1970s.
  • Donna Brazile – Political activist who was the first African-American to lead a major presidential campaign.
  • Donna Lewis – Welsh pop singer and songwriter.


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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about DonnaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning world ruler, lady, woman  +
Meaningnc world ruler, lady, woman  +
Name donna  +
Origin Italian  +
Popularity 3  +
Pronunciation DON-nah, DAHN-a, DON-na, DAH-nah  +
Rank in 2000s 793  +
Related Dahna  +, Dahnya  +, Dona  +, Donalie  +, Donella  +, Donelle  +, Donetta  +, Donia  +, Donica  +, Donielle  +, Donisha  +, Donita  +, Donnalee  +, Donnalyn  +, Donna-Marie  +, Donnell  +, Donnella  +, Donnelle  +, Donni  +, Donnica  +, Donnie  +, Donnisse  +, Donny  +, Donya  +, Ladonna  +, and Madonna  +
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