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Gender: F Meaning of Donna: "lady" Origin of Donna: Italian

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Literally meaning "lady" in Italian, Donna was the perfect ladylike housewife mom name on The Donna Reed Show in the fifties and sixties. And there were plenty of namesakes: Donna was in the Top 10 in 1964. These days we'd be more likely to associate it with the emanciatpated clothes of Donna Karen than as a baby name.

Though it seems to have a midcentury date stamp, Donna goes back to at least the late nineteenth century, reaching the Top 100 in 1926 and the Top 20 in the 1940s. In 1960, Donna was the fifth most popular name in the United States. Off the charts now, Donna is still remebered as the subject/object of many pop songs, and via the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer,and current bestselling author Donna Tartt.

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Famous People Named Donna

Donna Leon, American novelist
Donna Reed (born Donna Belle Mullenger), American actress
LaDonna "Donna" Summer, American disco singer
Donna Karan (born Donna Ivy Faske), American fashion designer
Donna Pescow, American actress
Azra "Donna Ares" Kolakovic, Bosnian singer
Donna Vekić, Croatian tennis player
Donna Jean Thatcher Godchaux(-MacKay), American singer formerly of The Grateful Dead
Donna Edna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services
Donna Murphy, American actress
Donna Tartt, American novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Donna

Donna Paulsen, character from TV's "Suits"
Donna Pinciotti, character from TV's "That 70's Show"
Donna Noble, character from TV's "Doctor Who"
Donna, character in Spider-Man comics
Donnatella "Donna" Moss, character from TV's "The West Wing"
Donna Hayward, character on TV's "Twin Peaks"
Donna Troy, aka Wonder Girl, DC Comics character
Donna Meagle, character from "Parks and Recreation"
Donna, character from 2008 movie "Prom Night"
Donna Jo "D.J." Tanner, character on TV's "Full House"
The Donnas, American all-girl punk band
"I See Donna Everywhere", song by band "Too Much Joy"
Donna Cherry, from the movie "Jericho Mansions"
"Donna," 1958 hit song by Ritchie Valens