Donna

First Name
833k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
618
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Donna mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Donna

"Donna" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Lady, Woman". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Don"na
A lady; madam; mistress; -- the title given a lady in Italy.

Etymology: It. donna, L. domina. See Don Dame

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An Italian woman of rank
Wiktionary

A 19th century invention from the Italian noun donna; also interpreted as a feminine form of Donald.

  1. A female given name.

Donna was also found in the following language(s): Plautdietsch

Notable Persons Named Donna

Donna Brazile is a Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee and Chairperson of theDemocratic National Committee. Donna was born on December 15th, 1959 in Kenner, Louisiana.

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Donna Summer was a disco, rhythm, and blues musician. Her career lasted from 1968 to 2012. Donna was given the name LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31st, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Donna is also known as Queen of Disco and Donna Gaines. She passed away on May 17th, 2012.

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Donna Douglas was an actress, singer, writer, actor, and singing. She was most active from 1956 to 2008. Donna was given the name Doris Ione Smith on September 26th, 1932 in Pride, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, U.S. She died on January 1st, 2015.

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Donna Reed was an actress. She was most active from 1941 to 1985. Donna was given the name Donna Belle Mullenger on January 27th, 1921 in Denison, Iowa, U.S. She died on January 14th, 1986.

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Paige O'Hara is an actress, singer, voice actress, and painter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to present. Paige was given the name Donna Paige Helmintoller on May 10th, 1956 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.

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Donna Troy is a comics character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Donna

Princess was born on January 23rd, 1982 in New York City, New York, USA.

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Bella Donna is a comics character.

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Roberto was born on September 8th, 1968.

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Emmanuel was born in 1971 in Paris.

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Francois was born on January 30th, 1922. He left this life on May 7th, 1988.

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Goshen Donna is an athlete for the Amicale F.C.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 17 17 0
1881 15 15 0
1882 19 19 0
1883 21 21 0
1884 22 22 0
1885 26 26 0
1886 29 29 0
1887 39 39 0
1888 37 37 0
1889 41 41 0
1890 33 33 0
1891 37 37 0
1892 43 43 0
1893 42 42 0
1894 44 44 0
1895 44 44 0
1896 40 40 0
1897 53 53 0
1898 52 52 0
1899 52 52 0
1900 81 81 0
1901 53 53 0
1902 55 55 0
1903 78 78 0
1904 61 61 0
1905 59 59 0
1906 84 84 0
1907 100 100 0
1908 98 98 0
1909 123 123 0
1910 107 107 0
1911 149 149 0
1912 227 227 0
1913 267 267 0
1914 283 283 0
1915 483 483 0
1916 606 606 0
1917 652 652 0
1918 746 746 0
1919 774 774 0
1920 959 959 0
1921 1,111 1,111 0
1922 1,349 1,349 0
1923 1,578 1,578 0
1924 2,135 2,125 10
1925 2,434 2,429 5
1926 3,016 3,008 8 #90 girl name
1927 4,001 3,992 9 #70 girl name
1928 4,482 4,468 14 #61 girl name
1929 5,157 5,140 17 #47 girl name
1930 6,000 5,979 21 #37 girl name
1931 6,625 6,601 24 #32 girl name
1932 7,392 7,360 32 #29 girl name
1933 7,391 7,360 31 #24 girl name
1934 7,904 7,868 36 #23 girl name
1935 7,823 7,791 32 #23 girl name
1936 7,969 7,933 36 #22 girl name
1937 8,922 8,884 38 #21 girl name
1938 9,727 9,694 33 #20 girl name
1939 9,402 9,370 32 #20 girl name
1940 9,277 9,230 47 #23 girl name
1941 10,493 10,446 47 #20 girl name
1942 13,035 12,985 50 #20 girl name
1943 14,955 14,913 42 #17 girl name
1944 15,225 15,174 51 #17 girl name
1945 15,443 15,397 46 #17 girl name
1946 19,823 19,769 54 #13 girl name
1947 23,562 23,518 44 #10 girl name
1948 22,076 22,030 46 #11 girl name
1949 22,102 22,057 45 #12 girl name
1950 21,667 21,630 37 #13 girl name
1951 24,108 24,074 34 #12 girl name
1952 23,750 23,715 35 #13 girl name
1953 24,279 24,227 52 #13 girl name
1954 27,474 27,429 45 #11 girl name
1955 27,998 27,943 55 #10 girl name
1956 29,915 29,852 63 #10 girl name
1957 28,101 28,042 59 #10 girl name
1958 27,000 26,946 54 #10 girl name
1959 36,537 36,467 70 #5 girl name
1960 34,211 34,133 78 #5 girl name
1961 28,746 28,670 76 #7 girl name
1962 25,796 25,725 71 #7 girl name
1963 25,466 25,398 68 #6 girl name
1964 23,861 23,810 51 #7 girl name
1965 19,749 19,698 51 #7 girl name
1966 17,084 17,035 49 #12 girl name
1967 14,835 14,781 54 #19 girl name
1968 12,800 12,753 47 #24 girl name
1969 11,479 11,450 29 #26 girl name
1970 10,004 9,969 35 #32 girl name
1971 8,044 8,010 34 #38 girl name
1972 6,302 6,262 40 #45 girl name
1973 5,079 5,059 20 #55 girl name
1974 4,378 4,356 22 #67 girl name
1975 3,439 3,422 17 #85 girl name
1976 3,046 3,033 13 #93 girl name
1977 2,594 2,582 12
1978 2,476 2,461 15
1979 2,209 2,199 10
1980 2,015 2,010 5
1981 1,709 1,700 9
1982 1,540 1,529 11
1983 1,389 1,378 11
1984 1,185 1,180 5
1985 1,196 1,191 5
1986 997 990 7
1987 1,031 1,031 0
1988 1,052 1,040 12
1989 999 991 8
1990 869 861 8
1991 739 739 0
1992 680 680 0
1993 587 581 6
1994 662 662 0
1995 493 493 0
1996 420 420 0
1997 422 422 0
1998 433 433 0
1999 373 373 0
2000 369 369 0
2001 355 355 0
2002 375 375 0
2003 323 323 0
2004 331 331 0
2005 305 305 0
2006 325 325 0
2007 260 260 0
2008 277 277 0
2009 261 261 0
2010 256 256 0
2011 199 199 0
2012 188 188 0
2013 175 175 0
2014 161 161 0
2015 159 159 0
2016 117 117 0
2017 123 123 0

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Popularity of Donna as a first name

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Popularity of Donna as a last name

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Common last names for Donna

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  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
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  • Hall
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Common first names for Donna

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Donna U.S.
  White 81.88% 64.26%
  African American 6.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.94% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name Donna

People with the last name Donna are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Donna

  • What name lists does Donna rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Donna? Donna is the 59th most popular name of all time. As a last name Donna was the 36,246th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Donna have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 832,937 babies born with the first name Donna in the United States. That's more than enough people named Donna to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Donna? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Donna first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Donna is Saturday, June 25th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Donna born? The highest recorded use of the first name Donna was in 1959 with a total of 36,467 babies. That's a lot of babies named Donna!
  • Random Donna Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Donna ranks 14th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 757 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1940.
  • Weird things about the name Donna: Your name in reverse order is Annod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ndona. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Donna? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 618 people with the last name Donna.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Donna? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Donna as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.