Donald

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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Donald (disambiguation).
Donald
Pronunciation /ˈdɒnld/
Gender Masculine
Language(s) English language
Origin
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,[citation needed] 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[edit]

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, pp. 78, 402, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  2. ^ Mark, Colin (2006), The Gaelic-English Dictionary, Routledge, p. 714, ISBN 0-203-22259-8 .
  3. ^ Maceachen, Ewan (1922), Maceachen's Gaelic-English Dictionary (4, revised and enlarged ed.), The Northern Counties Newspaper and Printing and Publishing Company, pp. 467–469 .
  4. ^ MacFarlane, Malcolm (1912), The School Gaelic Dictionary prepared for the use of learners of the Gaelic language, Eneas Mackay, p. 144 .
  5. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 346, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 .
  6. ^ Koch, John T. (2006), "Dyfnwal ap Tewdor", in Koch, John T., Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, pp. 639–640, ISBN 1-85109-445-8 
  7. ^ Koch, John T. (2006), "Domnall Brecc", in Koch, John T., Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, p. 604, ISBN 1-85109-445-8