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Boy Name: Donald

Name: Donald
Pronunciation: \d(o)-na-ld\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: great chief; world mighty
Origin: Scottish
Variant forms: Donnell
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 15
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2477


Donald \d(o)-na-ld\ as a boy's name is pronounced DAHN-ald. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Donald is "great chief; world mighty". Donald is one of the clan names of Scotland. Linked nowadays to the cartoon duck created by Disney. Actors Donald Sutherland, Don Cheadle, Donal Logue; real estate tycoon Donald Trump; singer Donny Osmond.

Donald has 1 variant form: Donnell.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Donald.


Donald is a very popular first name for men (#15 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2477 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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