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Gender: M Meaning of Donald: "proud chief" Origin of Donald: Scottish Donald's Popularity in 2013: #415

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Donald has been used for centuries in Scotland, where the Macdonald clan is one of the most ancient and where there have been six early Scottish kings by that name. Donald was a Top 20 name throughout most of the early twentieth century. But first there was the quacking Donald Duck, introduced in 1934, to affect its image, and then there was The Donald Trump, leaving it drained of much baby appeal.

Aside from Donald Sutherland, most contemporary real and fictive Donalds go by nicknames--as in Donny Osmond, Donnie Wahlberg, Don Rickles and Don Draper. More promising and more authentically Celtic sounding is Donal, which is quite commonly used in Ireland, or surname cousins Donnelly or Donovan.

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Famous People Named Donald

Donald Trump- American real-estate mogul
Donald Adeosun Faison, American actor
Donald McNichol Sutherland-American actor, father of Keifer Sutherland
Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, American actor
Donald Driver, NFL Green Bay Packers Player
Donald Mckinley">Mckinley Glover, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Donald

Donald Duck, Disney character
Donald "Don" Draper, from TV's "Mad Men"
Detective Donald "Don" Flack Jr., from "CSI: New York"
Donald "Ducky" Mallard from TV's "NCIS"
Donald Ronald "Donny" Douglas, character on TV's "Frasier"
McDonalds, American restaurant chain
Donald the Capuchin monkey, from movie "Zookeeper"
Donald "Donnie" Stevens, character from TV series "Even Stevens"
Donald "Don" Eppes- One of the main characters on Numb3rs

Don, Donaugh, Donel, Donelson, Donnel, Donnell, Donnie, Donny

Donald's International Variations

Domhnall (Gaelic) Donall, Donal (Irish) Donalt (Norwegian) Donaldo (Spanish) Donya, Bogdan, Bohdan (Ukrainian)