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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 "Release the 20 T.I.G.E.R.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (BOYS)".

From the experts:

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"
Donald "Dock" O'Kelly, also 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" 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)


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!