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Origin: Scottish
Meaning: Ruler of the World

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Donald

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Donald in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Donald:

  • Records indicate that 1,406,392 boys in the United States have been named Donald since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1934, when 30,387 people in the U.S. were given the name Donald. Those people are now 86 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      6 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Donald. My family usually call me Don, but a few times I have been called Barnes. The people who work for my Construction Company almost ALWAYS call me Barnes. Of course the name of the company is Barnes Construction. Which was the nickname of my first Labrador Retriever." Mar. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donald but but people call me don, I like both. . worked in a warehouse and over the radios many names sound like don , john, tom, ron, etc. So I told the office to just use Donald that way less confusion." May. 9, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad, fatherinlaw, great grandpa in law ,brotherinlaw, and now son are all Donalds. Yes, a little bit of family name but we actually like the traits the name leans toward: strong (willed), successful, stubborn, likeable, ornery, smart, etc. As an adult only friends or close kins earned the right to call them 'Donny' or they get their lights knocked out...that's what Donalds do:)" Nov. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 41 now and love the name. My grandfathers name was Donald as well, so thats where i got it. During my school years i must have heard the name Donald Duck and Ronald MCDonald a million times. Never bothered me that much though as i liked having a name that was not that common at the time. Older people like to call me Donny for some reason, don't mind it though. i would get the Donny Osmond joke too from time to time. Did get the name Don a lot too and i think i told my dad to call me Don instead of Donald for a bit when i was a kid. Also lots of my co-workers would call me Don. Went back to Donald though as I liked the full name better." Aug. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my first son Donald,because his grandpa's name is donald as well and his great grandpa and an uncle and he even has a aunt Dawn,so although his name is donald james we call him Deejay." Mar. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name.. I am go by Don. I have only met one other Don. I am 21 and when I think Don.. I think Trumpt Towers.. and I am 6'6" so I carry it well. Don.. solid name." Jun. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Donald and my experience has been just awful. i am 18 now and throughout my life in modern times its been nothing more than a problem" Nov. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name was Donald until I changed it. It's one of those names that are old and outdated like Homer, Elmer, and Waldo." Apr. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donald. Hate it. Don uuuulllldd. what an ugly sound. I go by Don. But the name reminds of lower class unskilled labor workers. I don't know why that is. I am a blue coller guy myself and I've met far too many Dons in my career field. Wish I had a suitable middle name that was better, I'd use it." Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Donald. He is in his forties and goes by Don. he was named after his uncle who was born in 1924. It sounds sooo old. We have only daughters, but I never would have named a son Donald. However, I like the sound of "Don" because I love him." Feb. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "Donald is an OK boys name, but with Donald Trump becoming 45th President of the United States, will there be more or less baby boys given the name Donald ?" Jul. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it! My husband's name is Don, and he is tall, athletic, successful, decent, faithful, caring, unbelievably good-looking, healthy . . . I mean he could be named anything and everybody would like him, but Don really fits him well. Donald is too formal in my opinion for him, as he is so easy to talk to and to know, smart and kind!" Nov. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is Donald. He does not think that Donald Duck or ROnald McDonald jokes are funny, but being associated with Donald Trump or "The Don" does not seem to bother him. We are back and forth whether or not we should have a Donald Jr. in the future." Jan. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The Donald I know has a very strong personality so I believe the origin of the name suits him just fine." Jan. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Go by Don. The name is a bit dated, which invokes the images sports figures and movie stars from the '50s. Growing up you get a lot of "Donald Duck" jokes. Nobody can accuse the name as being trendy, so it is not all bad." Dec. 19, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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