Meaning: “world ruler.”
The name is composed of the Scots Gaelic elements dumno (world) and val (ruler). The name has always been very popular in Scotland and was borne by two different Medieval Scottish kings.
It is currently the 377th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Donald (Breton/French/German/Polish)
- Donal/Donál (Irish)
- Domhnall (Irish)
- Domnall (Irish)
- Domnall/Domnhall (Scottish)
Common nicknames are Don, Donnie and Dolly.
Scottish feminine forms are Donaldina, Donella and Dolina.