Donald

First Name
1.4m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
12k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Donald

"Donald" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "World Leader". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Name of Scottish kings and an early saint, from Scottish Gaelic Dòmhnall, from Proto-Celtic *Dubnowalos.

  1. A male given name.

Donald was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Donald

He was most prominent from 1968 to present. Donald was given the name Donald John Trump by his parent Fred Trump on June 14th, 1946 in Queens.

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Donald Glover is an actor, comedian, rapper, producer, songwriter, and writer. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Donald was given the name Donald McKinley Glover on September 25th, 1983 in Edwards Air Force Base, California, United States. Donald is also known as Childish Gambino and mcDJ.

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Donnie Wahlberg is a singer, producer, and actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1984. Donnie was given the name Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr. on August 17th, 1969 in , U.S.

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Donald was born on March 29th, 1983 in Denver, Colorado, U.S.

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Donald Sutherland is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1962. Donald was given the name Donald McNichol Sutherland on July 17th, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

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Don Henley is a rock music, pop rock, country rock, and soft rock singing, lyricist, and record producer. He plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Guitar, Drum Workshop, Paiste, Remo, Regaltip, Latin Percussion (company), Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Takamine, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1970. Don was given the name Donald Hugh Henley on July 22nd, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Donald

Aaron Donald is a football player for the Los Angeles Rams. Aaron was born on May 23rd, 1991 in Pittsburgh. Aaron is also known as Donald and Aaron Charles.

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Howard Donald is a pop music, soul music, dance-pop, pop rock, blue-eyed soul, and country music singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist, dancer, dj, record producer, and disc jockey. He plays Vocals, Turntables, sampler, drum machine, drums, piano, Phonograph, Sampler (musical instrument), and Drum kit. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Howard was given the name Howard Paul Donald on April 28th, 1968 in Droylsden, Lancashire, England, UK.

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Heather Mac Donald is an essayist and author. Heather was born in 1956 in California.

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James Donald was an actor. His career lasted from 1930 to 1978. James was given the name James Robert MacGeorge Donald on May 18th, 1917 in Aberdeen. He died on August 3rd, 1993.

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Mitchell Donald is a soccer player for the Red Star Belgrade, Zuidoost United, A.V.V. Zeeburgia, AFC Ajax, Jong Ajax, Willem II (football club), Roda JC Kerkrade, FC Mordovia Saransk, and Netherlands national under-21 football team. Mitchell was born on December 10th, 1988 in Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands.

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Allan Donald is a cricketer. Allan was born on October 20th, 1966 in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa.

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How popular is the baby name Donald in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 46 0 46
1881 27 0 27
1882 48 0 48
1883 52 0 52
1884 59 0 59
1885 47 0 47
1886 57 0 57
1887 60 0 60
1888 77 0 77
1889 75 0 75
1890 114 5 109
1891 100 0 100
1892 137 0 137
1893 166 0 166
1894 169 0 169
1895 203 0 203 #96 boy name
1896 211 0 211 #94 boy name
1897 195 0 195 #93 boy name
1898 238 0 238 #88 boy name
1899 258 0 258 #76 boy name
1900 328 0 328 #79 boy name
1901 250 0 250 #77 boy name
1902 366 0 366 #63 boy name
1903 359 0 359 #60 boy name
1904 413 0 413 #58 boy name
1905 426 0 426 #59 boy name
1906 486 0 486 #51 boy name
1907 616 0 616 #45 boy name
1908 664 0 664 #45 boy name
1909 725 0 725 #42 boy name
1910 866 6 860 #44 boy name
1911 1,275 0 1,275 #36 boy name
1912 2,879 7 2,872 #27 boy name
1913 3,717 14 3,703 #25 boy name
1914 4,855 19 4,836 #23 boy name
1915 7,137 20 7,117 #20 boy name
1916 7,759 22 7,737 #20 boy name
1917 8,757 29 8,728 #20 boy name
1918 10,013 38 9,975 #18 boy name
1919 9,944 42 9,902 #17 boy name
1920 11,986 46 11,940 #16 boy name
1921 13,834 57 13,777 #13 boy name
1922 14,972 56 14,916 #12 boy name
1923 16,489 53 16,436 #10 boy name
1924 18,011 85 17,926 #10 boy name
1925 19,301 105 19,196 #10 boy name
1926 21,041 133 20,908 #9 boy name
1927 23,985 144 23,841 #8 boy name
1928 25,868 170 25,698 #7 boy name
1929 27,352 170 27,182 #7 boy name
1930 29,222 175 29,047 #7 boy name
1931 29,263 160 29,103 #7 boy name
1932 29,904 125 29,779 #7 boy name
1933 28,564 133 28,431 #7 boy name
1934 30,516 110 30,406 #6 boy name
1935 29,770 112 29,658 #7 boy name
1936 28,721 88 28,633 #7 boy name
1937 27,945 81 27,864 #7 boy name
1938 26,741 79 26,662 #7 boy name
1939 24,139 83 24,056 #8 boy name
1940 23,188 84 23,104 #9 boy name
1941 22,689 63 22,626 #10 boy name
1942 24,026 76 23,950 #10 boy name
1943 24,481 69 24,412 #11 boy name
1944 23,518 60 23,458 #11 boy name
1945 22,185 47 22,138 #12 boy name
1946 26,329 72 26,257 #13 boy name
1947 28,317 63 28,254 #13 boy name
1948 26,491 48 26,443 #14 boy name
1949 27,176 68 27,108 #13 boy name
1950 27,050 52 26,998 #14 boy name
1951 27,994 65 27,929 #15 boy name
1952 28,336 73 28,263 #13 boy name
1953 28,408 70 28,338 #14 boy name
1954 29,335 66 29,269 #14 boy name
1955 27,779 69 27,710 #14 boy name
1956 28,288 85 28,203 #14 boy name
1957 27,949 93 27,856 #15 boy name
1958 25,093 94 24,999 #18 boy name
1959 23,955 88 23,867 #19 boy name
1960 22,823 87 22,736 #19 boy name
1961 21,479 75 21,404 #22 boy name
1962 20,491 71 20,420 #23 boy name
1963 18,990 83 18,907 #25 boy name
1964 18,131 68 18,063 #25 boy name
1965 16,101 61 16,040 #26 boy name
1966 14,805 82 14,723 #27 boy name
1967 14,311 84 14,227 #27 boy name
1968 13,441 73 13,368 #29 boy name
1969 12,854 77 12,777 #30 boy name
1970 12,468 64 12,404 #30 boy name
1971 10,941 67 10,874 #34 boy name
1972 9,343 77 9,266 #36 boy name
1973 8,442 75 8,367 #39 boy name
1974 7,809 47 7,762 #41 boy name
1975 7,254 57 7,197 #42 boy name
1976 6,856 58 6,798 #47 boy name
1977 6,903 35 6,868 #46 boy name
1978 6,465 39 6,426 #48 boy name
1979 6,574 62 6,512 #51 boy name
1980 6,316 46 6,270 #53 boy name
1981 5,952 40 5,912 #56 boy name
1982 5,761 46 5,715 #58 boy name
1983 5,374 47 5,327 #60 boy name
1984 5,100 36 5,064 #63 boy name
1985 4,786 37 4,749 #66 boy name
1986 4,693 34 4,659 #71 boy name
1987 4,541 42 4,499 #70 boy name
1988 4,361 36 4,325 #75 boy name
1989 4,342 18 4,324 #82 boy name
1990 4,188 11 4,177 #87 boy name
1991 3,656 9 3,647
1992 3,265 0 3,265
1993 3,008 12 2,996
1994 2,658 5 2,653
1995 2,262 8 2,254
1996 2,190 7 2,183
1997 1,979 9 1,970
1998 1,861 0 1,861
1999 1,747 0 1,747
2000 1,610 0 1,610
2001 1,469 0 1,469
2002 1,289 0 1,289
2003 1,307 0 1,307
2004 1,257 8 1,249
2005 1,150 0 1,150
2006 1,098 0 1,098
2007 997 0 997
2008 990 0 990
2009 838 0 838
2010 763 0 763
2011 786 0 786
2012 725 0 725
2013 706 0 706
2014 736 0 736
2015 690 0 690
2016 621 0 621

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Popularity of Donald as a first name

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Popularity of Donald as a last name

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Common last names for Donald

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  • Brown
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  • Jones
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  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Campbell
  • Baker
  • Thomas
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Donald U.S.
  White 52.03% 64.26%
  African American 41.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.60% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Donald

People with the last name Donald are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Donald

  • How Popular is the name Donald? Donald is the 22nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Donald was the 2,899th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Donald have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,415,938 babies born with the first name Donald in the United States. That's more than enough people named Donald to occupy the country of Trinidad and Tobago with an estimated population of 1,317,714 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Donald? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 46 new born babies.
  • When was Donald first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Donald is Friday, September 3rd, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Donald born? The highest recorded use of the first name Donald was in 1934 with a total of 30,406 babies. That's a lot of babies named Donald!
  • Random Donald Factoid: According to the 1978 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Donald ranks 50th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 93 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1978.
  • Weird things about the name Donald: Your name in reverse order is Dlanod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dodnal. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Donald? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,367 people with the last name Donald.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Donald? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Donald as their last name.

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