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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Lady or Mistress

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Donna

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Donna in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Donna:

  • Records indicate that 828,827 girls in the United States have been named Donna since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1959, when 36,450 people in the U.S. were given the name Donna. Those people are now 63 years old.

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    Comments about the name Donna

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      41 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Donna Malia born in 1954. I may have been named after my uncle Don, my dads brother. I liked my name growing up. It wasn?t a common name then but occasionally I met another Donna. Actually I?ve met more Donna?s since moving to Florida in 2006." Mar. 19, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Donna Marie born in 1967 and also named for the Richie Valens song. I always liked my name and never thought anything about it even recently when a jealous woman referred to my name as stupid. I don?t know any young Donnas and have never had any students named Donna during my long teaching career but I do hope it makes a comeback someday!" Dec. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was my great grandmother's name (late 1800s) and my grandmother's name( 1917) and now my daughter's name (2002). I think it is a nice, solid name" Nov. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Sue, born in 1956. I was supposed to be named after my great grandmother,LaDonna. My father did not like the La part so my Mother compromised with Donna. She lived to be 103 and was spry till the end, so I hope the same for myself. I like my name and have not run into many Donna's in my work life. I feel special." Nov. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie. I was born in 1959 when the name was the most popular. I was not named after anyone. My parents said they chose the name because they liked it. I love my name and I love the meaning of my name because it describes me perfectly. I feel blessed to have been named Donna." Jul. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m Donna Jean, and was born in the mid 60?s, so just after it?s height of popularity. I remember being a little envious of the more feminine sounding names, but all in all, I?ve always liked that my name is strong, with a great meaning (lady), and I only knew of one other Donna in high school. I never liked my middle name, I think it detracts from Donna, making it sound too hillbilly! Lol" Feb. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Kay. I was born in1946. I was named after my father, Don, Donald. One day, a nurse called me from the waiting room and she told me that she really liked my name. It was a sweet compliment. I've always liked my name." Feb. 6, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie. I was born in 1964 to an Italian American family. There were always other Donna?s around in NY and NJ, but when I moved to the Midwest, not so much. I like my name. I think it?s pretty and love that it means ?lady? in Italian. I?ve traveled to Italy a few times, and people there always wonder where my ?title? came from. There are two other Donna?s where I teach, both a little older than me. I hope to see the name make a comeback someday. Maybe a future granddaughter? ;-)" Nov. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1984 and while the name is not popular, I love it!!! I feel like I am an old soul, yet modern since the name has a good feel to it rather than being 100% dated, I think it is a timeless name. I have so many nicknames including D, Donzilla (paired with my last name), Diesel, DZill, DZilla, Donsta Monsta, Donnie Wonnie, Donald, DZ, but the worst my sister coined, "Donnarrhea!!!" I don't share that nickname ever... Otherwise, there's not much bad that comes with the name except an omitted 'N' here or there or being mixed up with Dana. It's simple but elegant in my opinion and should be more popular but glad it isn't :)" Nov. 8, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "44 in Texas, I went to school with one or two. Every job I have has a Donna. Once there were 4 of us in the building. I am proud of my name, Donna Richelle, because I was named after my mom?s nephew, Donnie Richard, who was killed 8 weeks before I was born. He was in the US Army, served in Vietnam, killed in helicopter. I think my name was clever and appropriate to honor his memory." May. 11, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m a Donna born 1952 I?ve received many compliments on my name even now. I was named after my father Don and recently found out he isn?t my bio Dad which has been devastating. I still love my name though." Nov. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know this hasn't been commented on in a while, but I just thought I'd share. My name is Donna Margaret after both of my grandma's (one Donna, one Margaret) and I couldn't be more proud! It makes me pretty happy to see I'm not the only one born in 1993 who is lucky enough to have such a unique name. Although the whole "oh like Donna from That's 70's Show?" thing did get a bit old throughout high school. Keep on keepin on ladies! :)" Oct. 18, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in 1964. My Father was a big fan of Donna Douglas (Ellie May) from the Beverly Hillbillies!!" Apr. 18, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Donna has served me well so far :) I am in the middle of the pack, 1960. So my name was typical for the time, and I just discovered that in 1960 there was a Hurricane Donna. Wonder if its popularity started going down after that? Rather fun fact though." Sep. 11, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Louise, and I go back and forth about which one I like better. About 20 years ago I had everyone calling me Louise to see how that felt. I kind of liked that, but went back to Donna for convenience. In high school I had nicknames of Donna Ameche, Donna Wanna and Oh Donna. I don't know anyone named Donna right now, so I feel kind of unique. I hope it picks up in popularity again." Jan. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1968 and my name is Donna Marie. A lot of people call me Miss Donna for some reason but I do like my name. I've only met or worked with a small handful of women named Donna. Usually I am the only Donna. Oh, in high school a couple of guys called me Donna do ya wanna?" Aug. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Donna. It is my name. I was born in 1959 the year that my name was really popular.My middle name is Ann. I do like my name. I hope that it will become popular again." Jan. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a niece and my daughter named this. 1 is named after my mom which is my niece.and my daughter is named after my wife's mom." Dec. 13, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Donna is a good name and nicer than some names that are popular at present. Hopefully the name will come back again as a popular name. The people I have met called Donna always liked there name." Nov. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a beautiful name and it is a pity not many babies that are born today are called Donna. The name may come back again as some names come back as popular again over time." Jul. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna, after my uncle, Donald (Don). I was born in 1992, while growing up I only knew a few Donna's that were n their 50's. Now, almost 22, I have not met one Donna my age. As a cashier, I cross by people in their 70's - 80's named Donna, or people my age going all "OH thats my grandma's name." ... fun! I love my name, even if it's 'old fashion', and reminds me of a romance novelist, I can deal with that. <3" Feb. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1983 and named Donna Lynn after my paternal grandfather, Donald. I really like my name and can't imagine it being anything else!" Jan. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "This Is my Name and I was born in 1969. I am named after my Dad he was Donald. I have a met a few Donna's but not many. I didn't use to like my name but now i do" Oct. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Renee born in mid-60s. I never cared for my name until I recently realized that there are very few Donnas out there regardless of the stats." Oct. 11, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Donna is a lovely name and it would be nice if it did become more popular I think Donna is a good name for a child and is not to hard to spell" Jul. 24, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is DonnaRae but very few know that and call me Donna. I was born in 1948. I know many Donnas. Many have my last maiden name, and even some that have the same married name both times I was married. Seems very common to me. Twice I had hometown bands sing to me. I love the Donna songs and I love the name Donna :)" Apr. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in 1966. I am Italian American and was named after the famous Ritchie Valens song....."Donna" One of my Papa's favorites." Apr. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Donna. She is 31, it's a family name. She was named after our grandma. And my cousin has also just named her newborn Donna :)" Nov. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my name is Donna i was born in the early 60,s and no one had heard of the name where i lived.I have always liked my name because it was different, when 10cc,s donna was a hit everyone sang it to me and when Donna summer came on the scene i was thrilled to bits.People have over the years spelt my name donner,dona,donnar but mostly correctly.I have been called Dondon, don, but dont encouarge either.I have met younger donna,s but none the same age." Nov. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna. I was born in 1980 and am English. I wouldn't say I love my name, but I am the only Donna I know, which makes a change from some of the more common names from my generation. There were only one or two Donnas in my whole school. People think it's funny to call me 'Doner Kebab' sometimes! I like the name as it's elegant, means 'noble lady' in Italian, and is quite unusual without being absurd!" Nov. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Renee.. I like my name, and always have. I've known a few Donna's over the years, and even one other Donna Renee. Until reading the entries at this site, i'd never thought of it being uncommon, unique, or old-fashioned. It was just my name. One thing is for sure...i've never encountered problems with people knowing how to spell it or read it. When I hear my name in my head, I hear my daddy say it...i hear my mom's voice calling me.. my grandmother, as well. For that alone, I love my name." Jan. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My absoloute favourite name! A gorgeous moniker :3" Aug. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie, I was born in 1964. I think the name is ageless, I like my name. I do believe I was the only with the name Donna in high school. Oh occasionally my younger brother would tease me and call me Donna Bonna :-)" Aug. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Donna Lee and I am from the mid 60's. I have never liked or disliked my name it is so neutral. Then a friend started calling me lady (meaning of Donna) or hey lady and she uses this cute New York accent when she says it so I have started to like my name now. I too think it will make a comeback did you see Hot Donna from that 70's show? I was adopted and my name would have been Sherry if my parents hadn't chosen Donna and compared to Sherry Donna fits better." Dec. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1987, and my name is Donna. I am 20 years old, and the few other women I have met named Donna are all at least 20 years older than I am. I really like my name because it is one of those antique names that one doesn't hear very often, which makes it quite beautiful and unique. I am a very modern-minded girl, but my older name adds some depth to my identity. Everyone always though I was a cute little girl for being named Donna in such a modern time. Perhaps they still do?" Jun. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie and I was born in 1963. I have always liked my name --- I can't remember another Donna in my school but have met a few over the years." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My full name is Donna Elaine, I go by Elaine (see entry under Elaine) Together both meanings say "Lady of the Light" I always found this interesting as my favorite song as a child was "St Lucia" and as an adult I found a Swedish Lutheran Church I liked and every Christmas they celebrate "St Lucia" about a girl named Lucy who was burned at the stake for being Christian. Also my grandfather always called me "Sunshine" and my mom said it was because of my sunny disposition. So I guess the name fits!" Jan. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Donna. I didnt use to like it, but now i do. I've NEVER heard of or met anyone my age with this name. (I was born 1993). It means "lady" but I'm more of a tomboy so it never quite fit right for me. Now i like it though because it is a pretty name, and more of a "grandma name" which suits me just great ;) lol." Oct. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom's name is Donna Marie. I like because she doesn't find many people with the same name as her." Aug. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name. I was born in the early 50's. I think it is a beautiful name, but you don't hear of anyone naming their daughter this anymore. I think it should come back, it is such a pretty name." May. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also a Donna, born in 1977. There was never anyone in my schools with that name either. Then in 2000, I started working at a job where there were 3 of us-all in the same department LOL." Mar. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I hate my name, unfortunately. I was born in 1982 and nobody has this name except for much older women and I always felt strange for that reason. Also, in school people called me "Dumba" or "Dumma". Sigh." Nov. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      38 Neutral Comments

  • "I like my name, but I'm not super crazy about it. I may have been named after Donna Reed, but then again it just could have been the popularity of the name at the time. I was born in 1969. I've had it pronounced 'DOH-nah' and 'DAH-nah', and people have spelled it with one n and two n's. I've been called 'Donny', 'Donut', 'DVD', 'Donna Flea','Donna V', and even 'Don' once. I only liked 'Donna V' really. I like that my name comes from the Italian title Do?a and means 'Lady'. I like my name best when combined with my middle name. My middle name is Valiece, a creation of my mother. I only knew of one other Donna during my entire school period from kindergarten through grad school and that was in high school. She was a grade lower than me. My mother chose the name Donna because she liked it and thought of it as short and not easily turned into a nickname. Well, it is short, but nicknames will come - wanted or not." Dec. 27, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also a Donnamarie born in 1963.. I love my name,.." Sep. 9, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Lea born in 1950- Always liked my sisters names better- Diane and Denise- it seems like such a plain name but not too many people named Donna- I have always known 1 or 2 at any given time" Apr. 2, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister is named after my aunt Genevieve, which I always thought was elegant compared to Donna. When I asked my mother why she chose it she explained that other women in the maternity ward were naming their babies Donna and she liked it, so gave me the name. Needless to say I shared a name classmates and playground friends and co-workers until about 20 years ago when it started becoming an "old lady" name." Nov. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My given name was Donna Marie. I liked it as was simple and easy to spell. I was born in 1961 in Jamaica the island. In 5th grade there were 5 Donna's so our teacher just used our surnames. It was not an accurate name for this tomboy but I never wished it was something else." Mar. 27, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Jean. Born in 1975. I was named Donna after a friend of my moms (who was named Donna) killed herself. The Jean was passed down from my mother. She is Shelby Jean. The only problems I have was the song big fat donna. Hated that. And some older people would call me Donald ?\_(ツ)_/? Lastly my sister told my nephew and all the young children in the family to call me DonDon. Really hate that." Feb. 10, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dislike my name. Born in 43 it was my parents second choice as their friends named their daughter Barbara 3 months before I was born. I think I was named after Donna Reed. There were never any other Donna's in the same class as I was. BUT when I became a teacher 15 years after Donna became very popular I found a lot of Donna's in my classes. In one there were 3 for a total of 5 that semester. No one dared called me Dumb Donna because I would have beaten them soundly with a book from the encyclopedia Britannica." Sep. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in the early 50's. My mother named me after a classmate named Donna Jean. She said the classmate always went by Donna Jean, but I just go by Donna. I have always liked the name because it has been common enough that people can pronounce it and remember it. I guess I could have been called by a surname, or worse." Jun. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ?Donna Rae? (1945) meant to be said to together. I was named after my dad Raymond. Most people call me Donna. I neither like or dislike my name. I have many friends named Donna and have worked with others. Not an unusual name in our area but an old name... I love the story about my naming and I loved my dad! 💙" Mar. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Donna is a lovely name much better than some girls names easy to spell and sounds better than some names hopefully will get popular again like some names come back again like fashion" Feb. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was my favorite name when I was in school but now not so much so old fashioned" Jul. 11, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Lynn and I was born in 1954 in the Midwest. When I was in high school there were so many Donnas it was confusing. It was a very popular name. I can't say I ever really liked it." Jun. 13, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate it!!! My name is Donna Marie. I am recently single, look much younger than my years, but the name is a dead giveaway to my age - 60, born in 1955, which the men do not want to marry you at that age!" Nov. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Lynn...I was born in 1958...originally it was supposed to be all one name...but no one really called me that except family..and mostly when I was in trouble. I really can't say I liked the name...there were 3 Donna's in my class growing up...and I was named after my I really didn't think my parents were terribly original." Nov. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna, I was born in the late 60s, and have mixed feelings about my name. I absolutely love the meaning of it and can appreciate that my parents thought it was beautiful. I also like the way it looks written. Unfortunately, too often Donna is combined with a middle name that distracts from it, makes it sound particularly dated. In my case Jean, though DJ was always an option. I have encountered a few Donna's over the years, but not too many, which does make it feel more unique as time passes." Oct. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Donna in 1955. My Dad choose that name because of its meaning: lady. In high school I had a teacher who believed that your name described what you would become. In both cases they were right." Jun. 8, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Donna Jo. I Like Donna but not so much Jo. My parents were Don and Joann. I was born in the late is an old name but I like it." May. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna I was born in 1973.My middle name was Muriel after my dads mom, when I got married I took my maiden last name as my middle name." Feb. 24, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name too. I remember I had a nasty music teacher who tried to get the kids to call me Big Donna because I was tall. There was another Donna in the class (who was very petite) and she was addressed the girl as 'little Donna'. But nobody called me big Donna. I thought she was one of the most horrible people I've ever met. She was cruel. But I do like the name Donna. Never let another's cruelty define you!" Feb. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Sue and my twin sister's name is Emma Lou. We were born in 1953. I can't say that I ever liked my name, and my twin sister absolutely hated hers. Now, Emma is so popular. Funny how things turn around." Dec. 31, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in 1967. My dads name is Donald. I have never liked my name as it always seemed old fashioned. I was looking at my Lands End catalog today and there was a monogrammed bag with DONNA on it. Maybe it is making a comeback in 2014!" Jan. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in 1994!I was named after my grandpa, Donald. Most of the time I'm indifferent about my name, and other times I absolutely hate it. I always wish my mom would have given me a trendy or more relevant name, but after reading some of the more positive comments I feel a little bit better about having a vintage/dated name. And I've never even heard of someone my age having the name Donna. So I was kinda shocked to see two other girls on here born in he 90's named Donna too!" Nov. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Lynn. I was born in 1944. Not so many my age have I found with the name Donna" Jul. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie I don't like being called or seeing my name listed as just Donna but Donna Marie or Marie. I was born in 1961. I didn't realize how popular the name Donna Marie was until logging on this site." Jun. 27, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I love my name,,,I have a few friends named Donna and we are all born in 1950's,,,the funny thing is when my daughter got married her mother-in-law is named Donna,,,I hope Donna comes back to be a common name,,,, :-)" Jun. 16, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Donna. Middle name Marie. Born 1967. In the past I didn't like it, since people would shorten it to Don. (Unflattering as a girl.) I often used both names together "Donna Marie" to sound more feminine, but as I've gotten older I got used to just being called Donna. It does mean Lady, which didn't fit my tomboy personality as a child, but now I appreciate that. I don't often meet a lot of other Donnas." Dec. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Donna. i'm English, i am 17 years old, born June 7th 1993. i like my name because you don't hear it that much now-a-days so it's not like the name 'sarah' or 'gemma' for example were there are like 5 different people in the same room/school/college with the same name. :) i love all you Donna's you are awesome! :D <3 x" Sep. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is donna may, i do love my name coz it represents the popular song donna,donna, and my second name is may and they got it through the month of my birth,and i think its really unique,im 21 years old.and a college student.." Aug. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Anne but I go by Donna and I was named after my father who's name is Donald John. I was born in 1983. I never really liked my name growing up and if I'm honest I still don't but...over the years I've gotten used to it. My middle name Anne is the name I like out of them both. I'm the 4 woman in my family to have that middle name, which I think is pretty cool. My Mum's middle name is Anne, as is my nanna [my mum's mother] and so is my great-grand mother [my nanna's mother]. Growing up in a small village, I never met anyone with my name until I moved to Glasgow when I was 16. There I met 4 girls in my high school with the name Donna. Two of which were in all my classes with me, it was quite amusing as the teacher would get quite mad when she'd ask one of us to do something and we'd be like -"Who me or her". Hehe. I know I won't be giving my name [Donna] to my daughter when she's born but, I will be giving her the middle name Anne. So she will be the fifth woman in our family to share this wonderful name. Although I don't like my name that much, I am proud to be called Donna, as I was named after my father...or at least the female form of Donald...I mean. lol." Sep. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom's name is donna and her last name became drenth i get a lot of friends calling her DD" Mar. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom's name is donna lou and the funniest thing is my mother-in-law's name is donna sue. both born 1949." Aug. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names just plain old donna born in 1980 i know alot of donnas , i think my names boring never lykd it but i wud have if it was donnalee or donnamarie makes it more pretty i think pity my mum n dad didnt think the same lol" Jul. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie born in the 50's. I always disliked my name because I thought it was so old fashioned sounding. I was called Donna Reed a lot. It was a very popular name in the 50's. There were 3 girls named Donna in my classroom. Donna R,Q and T. I am still known as Donna T. by my childhood friends." Mar. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna Marie. Although it means lady, I'm a bit a tomboy so it doesnt stand for me as much as it could. But everyone I know compliments my name and how girly it sounds, despite my personality. I feel its a very fun name." Aug. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna. that means 'italian lady'..... i think ive lived up to the lady side of my name..which for me exhudes stature, elegance, fun, pleasant, which I strive to be, unless my scorpian side erupts." Jul. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in the mid-1960's, so being named "Donna" was not uncommon for my age group. I usually had two or three other Donna's in my classes in school. But I don't like the name all that much, so I go by "Doni" these days." Jun. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend Donna is a classic! She was born in 1945! It's a name to be seen in the future as a BIG comeback!" Mar. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Donna and I was born in 1975. In both elementary and high school, I was the only girl with that name. I always thought it was a little old-fashioned (more a name of my Mom's generation) or boring. It's so uncommon for baby girls to be named Donna these days (see chart above) that I predict it will soon have a comeback , as other older names have--it will be one of the new trendy names pick out of obscurity!" Aug. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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