"proud chief"

Donald Origin and Meaning

The name Donald is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "proud chief".

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. Trump's surprising run to the presidency didn't save Donald's decline on the baby name charts; it fell 47 spots between 2015 and 2016, from 441 to 488, and is now a less popular name than it's been since records have been kept.

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.

# 657 in the US

Donald Rank in US Top 1000

# 1471 on Nameberry

Donald Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Donald Popularity

Famous People Named Donald

  • Donald IIII, Kings of Scots
  • Donald Henry Rumsfeld13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense
  • Donald Franciszek Tuskformer Prime Minister of Poland; President of the European Council
  • Donald Adeosun FaisonAmerican actor
  • Donald McNichol SutherlandAmerican actor; father of actor Keifer Sutherland
  • Donald Henry PleasenceEnglish actor
  • Donald Edmond "Donnie" WahlbergAmerican actor
  • Isaac Donald "Don" EverlyAmerican singer,songwriter of The Everly Brothers
  • Donald DriverAmerican NFL football player
  • Donald Mckinley GloverAmerican actor
  • Donald "Duck" DunnAmerican bass guitarist
  • Donald Frank "Don" CheadleAmerican actor
  • Donald Eugene "Don" GibsonAmerican country music songwriter
  • Donald CargillScottish Covenanter preacher
  • Donald A. Glaserwinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Donald J. Cramwinner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Donald Marland HewlettEnglish actor
  • Donald HawkinsAmerican NFL football player
  • Donald George BradmanAustralian cricketer
  • Donald James Yarmybirth name of Don Adams, American actor
  • Donald Tai Loy "Don" HoAmerican pop singer
  • Donald Clark "Don" KirshnerAmerican music publisher and producer
  • Donald Virgil "Don" BluthAmerican animator and director
  • Donald Orlando "Duck" BaileyAmerican jazz drummer
  • Donald Maynard BrashearAmerican,Canadian ice hockey player
  • Donald Zackary "Zack" GreinkeAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Donald Cortez "Don" CorneliusAmerican TV host
  • George William "Donald" CrispAnglo,American actor
  • Donald Campbell Dewar1st Minister of Scotland
  • Donald Allan "Don" Dunstan35th Premier of South Australia
  • Donald Clark "Donny" OsmondAmerican singer and actor
  • Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture "Donald" ByrdAmerican jazz and R&B trumpeter
  • Donald Tsang (Yamkuen), 2nd Chief Executive of Hong Kong
  • Donald John Trump45th U.S. president
  • Donald SterlingAmerican businessman, and former basketball team owner
  • Donald James Matthew BlakesleeAmerican WWII flying ace
  • Donald Ervin KnuthAmerican computer scientist
  • Donald John Trump Jrson of President Donald Trump
  • Kriss Donald (b. 1988)15 year old white Scottish boy who was kidnapped and murdered because he was white in 2004

Donald in Pop Culture

  • Donald DuckDisney character
  • Donald "Don" Drapermain character on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Donald "Dock" O'Kellyalso known as Father Daniel Flynn, character in film "Bad Times at the El Royale"
  • Detective Donald "Don" Flack Jr.character on TV's "CSI: New York"
  • Donald "Ducky" Mallardcharacter on TV's "NCIS"
  • Donald Ronald "Donny" Douglascharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • DonaldCapuchin monkey in movie "Zookeeper"
  • Donald "Donnie" Stevenscharacter on TV's "Even Stevens"
  • Donald "Don" Eppesmain character on TV's "Numb3rs"
  • Donald Resslercharacter on TV's "The Blacklist"
  • McDonald'srestaurant chain
  • Donald Davenportcharacter on TV's "Lab Rats"
  • Donald Piercecharacter in "X,Men"
  • Donaldone of the main four characters from Platoon of Power Squadron
  • Donald Leslie "Don" OrvillePolice officer on TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun"
  • Captain Donald "Don" Cragencharacter on TV shows "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: SVU"