Gender: Male Meaning of Donald: "proud chief" Origin of Donald: Scottish Donald's Popularity in 2019: #553

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.

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Rank in US: #553

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Famous People Named Donald

Pop Culture References for the name Donald

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)


LilySue Says:


I really like Donald, such a shame it's tainted for now. I hope it'll come back in a generation or two

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Just think of the Duck not the Trump.

shells15 Says:


This is true, but most of the time, a child may be named for a family member or close friend who shares that name. Another point is parents do not have to defend their name choices, with rare (legal) exceptions, so people may assume a name is after the president when it really is not so.

shells15 Says:


I would love to name my son this in the future after my Papa, Donald Lee "Don" _______ (who went by Donny or Donnie as a child), my closest family member outside of my brothers. He died when I was 10. Due to the fact that people will not know my personal association with the name (which point I do not have to defend by hauling out my family tree anytime someone asks) and will more than likely attribute it to Donald Trump (who was born 22 years after my grandpa), a person who I have not been able to stand since I was old enough to know who he is, I will be calling my son by a nickname, Kona. Kona is both the Hawaiian translation of Don as well as another name for Don in English and Scottish.

livialucille Says:


Time to add Jason and Cherilyn to the Disqus blocklist.

beachbear Says:


People shouldn't name their kids after presidents until the president has been out for at least four terms.

eve Says:


great name but only for people with small hands

I'm a Banana Says:


Now off limits.

EndlessZero Says:


Are you autistic?

Jason Says:


Now more than ever

Cherilyn Says:


Yep we still do. Wouldn't care to use the name though

Wittyusername103 Says:


How about now?

xhart Says:


Not liberal, just not a good namesake. I also have never like the name. It's clunky and unattractive.

Jason Says:


60 million of us like him too :-P

Jason Says:


Aww triggered liberal alert

xhart Says:


Have a family's member with this name. Can honestly say it's a name I will never use now. The connections I make when I hear this name are too awful for me to even consider it.

indiefendi2 Says:


Donald Duck aside, I can only hear an annoying quacking sound when I hear this. I can't even fully appreciate Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino because of his name. He doesn't seem like a "Donald" to me. And I had a camp counselor named Donald who was coincidentally my uncle's friend.

Czar Felix Says:


Then along came the POTUS-Elect.

briarblossom Says:


Way too negative to use on an innocent child.Children have enough to deal with growing up.

EndlessZero Says:


"Proud chief" very much reflects our current President-elect.

Addie88 Says:


This was my grandfather's name. Can't use it, now...

sunshinemeadow Says:


Horrible name in the first place, and it just got worse.

EvelinRose Says:


I know a Donald I don't like....

Fictionprincess Says:


Sorry to reference him and I know everyone is sick of hearing about him in the news (hey, I am too) but I strongly predict this name will keep decreasing. Come next year and the years after that, I fail to see this name increasing in popularity. Next year, I almost garentee this name will continue to decrease. The only question is: how much?

Personally, I think Donovan is a much better and more attractive name (:

thecountessofmontecristo Says:


Awe, little Donald Trumps!

aaashark12 Says:


like the name Donald not even trump can taint it

Addie88 Says:


This was my grandfather's name. I'm toying with the idea of putting it on my shortlist.

DonaldHLA Says:


Good strong man's name! I love my name. Never met a Donald I didn't like. Name your son Donald!