Donald

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This article is about the given name. For other uses, see Donald (disambiguation).
Donald
Pronunciation /ˈdɒnəld/
Gender Masculine
Language(s) English language
Origin
Language(s) Gaelic
Word/name Domhnall, Dómhnall, Dòmhnall, Domhnull, Dòmhnull
Derivation Proto-Celtic dubno + val[contradictory]
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 Proto-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").[contradictory][6][7] Although the feminine given name Donna is sometimes used as a feminine form of Donald, the names are not etymologically related.[1]

Variations[edit]

Old Irish Modern Irish Hiberno-English Scottish Gaelic Scottish English Scots
Domhnall Dónal Donal Dòmhnall Donald Donnald

Kings and noblemen[edit]

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

Given name[edit]

Domnhall
Don
  • Don Adams (1923–2005), American actor, comedian and director
  • Don Bluth (September 13, 1937), animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer and independent studio owner
  • Don Bertoia, Canadian middle distance runner
  • Don Cheadle, American actor and producer
  • Don Cornelius (1936–2012), American television show host and producer
  • Don Dunstan, Premier of South Australia
  • Don Everly, American country-influenced rock and roll singer and guitarist
  • Don Frye (born 1965), American mixed martial artist and professional wrestler
  • Don Gibson (1928–2003), American songwriter and country musician
  • Don Goldstein, American basketball player
  • Don Hathaway (born 1928), American politician
  • Don Herczeg (born 1964), Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Don Ho (1930–2007), American pop musician, singer and entertainer
  • Don Kirshner (1934–2011), American music publisher, rock music producer, talent manager and songwriter
  • Don Mattingly, American pro baseball player for the New York Yankees and manager of the LA Dodgers; aka "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hitman"
  • Don Reid (born 1945), lead singer of American country group The Statler Brothers
  • Don Rickles, American stand-up comedian
  • Don Robesky (1906–2002), American football player
  • Don Slater, bassist in heavy metal band Battlecross
  • Don Trahan (born 1949), American golfer, father of D. J. Trahan
Donal
Dónal
Donald
Donnie
Donny

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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