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Gender: Male Meaning of Donald: "proud chief" Origin of Donald: Scottish Donald's Popularity in 2017: #488

The name Donald is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "proud chief". Donald is ranked #488 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".

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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. 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.

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Famous People Named Donald

Donald I-III, Kings of Scots
Donald Henry Rumsfeld, 13th and 21st U.S. Secretary of Defense
Donald Franciszek Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland; President of the European Council
Donald Adeosun Faison, American actor
Donald McNichol Sutherland, American actor; father of actor Keifer Sutherland
Donald Henry Pleasence, English actor
Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg, American actor
Isaac Donald "Don" Everly, American singer-songwriter of The Everly Brothers
Donald Driver, American NFL football player
Donald Mckinley Glover, American actor
Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bass guitarist
Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, American actor
Donald Eugene "Don" Gibson, American country music songwriter
Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter preacher
Donald A. Glaser, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Donald J. Cram, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Donald Marland Hewlett, English actor
Donald Hawkins, American NFL football player
Donald George Bradman, Australian cricketer
Donald James Yarmy, birth name of Don Adams, American actor
Donald Tai Loy "Don" Ho, American pop singer
Donald Clark "Don" Kirshner, American music publisher and producer
Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth, American animator and director
Donald Orlando "Duck" Bailey, American jazz drummer
Donald Maynard Brashear, American-Canadian ice hockey player
Donald Zackary "Zack" Greinke, American baseball pitcher
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius, American TV host
George William "Donald" Crisp, Anglo-American actor
Donald Campbell Dewar, 1st Minister of Scotland
Donald Allan "Don" Dunstan, 35th Premier of South Australia
Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond, American singer and actor
Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture "Donald" Byrd, American jazz and R&B trumpeter
Donald Tsang (Yam-kuen), 2nd Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Donald John Trump, 45th U.S. president
Donald Sterling, American businessman, and former basketball team owner
Donald James Matthew Blakeslee, American WWII flying ace
Donald Ervin Knuth, American computer scientist

Pop Culture References for the name Donald

Donald Duck, Disney character
Donald "Don" Draper, main character on TV's "Mad Men"
Detective Donald "Don" Flack Jr., character on TV's "CSI: New York"
Donald "Ducky" Mallard, character on TV's "NCIS"
Donald Ronald "Donny" Douglas, character on TV's "Frasier"
Donald, Capuchin monkey in movie "Zookeeper"
Donald "Donnie" Stevens, character on TV's "Even Stevens"
Donald "Don" Eppes, main character on TV's "Numb3rs"
Donald Ressler, character on TV's "The Blacklist"
McDonald's, restaurant chain
Donald Davenport, character on TV's "Lab Rats"
Donald Pierce, character in "X-Men"
Donald, one of the main four characters from Platoon of Power Squadron

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

Donald's International Variations

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