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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Donald (disambiguation).
Pronunciation /ˈdɒnld/
Gender Masculine
Language(s) English language
Language(s) Gaelic
Word/Name Domhnall, Dómhnall, Dòmhnall, Domhnull, Dòmhnull
Derivation Old Celtic dubno + val
Meaning "world" + "rule"
Other names
Short form(s) Don
Pet form(s) Donnie, Donny, Dolly
Cognate(s) Domnall, Dónal, Donal, Donall, Dyfnwal, Dumngual, *Dumno-ualos
Derivative(s) Donella

The masculine given name Donald is a version of the Scottish Gaelic name Domhnall[1] (and variants Dómhnall, Dòmhnall,[2] Domhnull,[3] and Dòmhnull),[4] historically the standard Anglicization of the name in Scotland. The name is ultimately derived from the Old Celtic world elements dubno ("world") and val ("rule"). The final -d on Donald is partly derived from a misinterpretation of the Gaelic pronunciation by English-speakers, and partly associated with the spelling of similar sounding Germanic-language names, such as Ronald. A short form of Donald is Don. Pet forms of Donald include Donnie, Donny, and Dolly. The feminine given name Donella is derived from Donald.[1] Donald has numerous other Celtic-language cognates: Irish Dónal (Anglicised as Donal and Donall),[5] Old Irish Domnall, Welsh Dyfnwal, Old Welsh Dumngual, Cumbric Dumngual, and Common Celtic *Dumno-ualos ("world-wielder").[6][7] Although the feminine given name Donna is sometimes used as a feminine form of Donald, the names are not etymologically related.[1]

Kings and noblemen

Domnall or Domhnall is the name of many ancient and medieval Gaelic kings and noblemen:

Given name


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