Name: Donald

Origin and Meaning of the Name Donald

  • Meaning:
    World rule
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  • Meaning:
    World rule
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    (DON uld)
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Miscellaneous Info for Donald

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    English speaking countries
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    Donald comes from the Scottish clan name Domhnall. It is a name frequently used in both Scotland and Ireland. At one time, it's popularity in Scotland rivaled that of Ian, however, Disney's character Donald Duck lead to it's use becoming less frequent.

    St. Donald (Domhnall) was a Scottish saint who lived in the 700's in Forfarshire. He is noted for having had nine daughters whom followed his teachings and created their own sect. They are remembered as legend and refered to as the Nine Maids. St. Donald's feast is observed on July 15th.

    Donald Trump is an American businessman, who has become more widely famous through the TV show 'The Apprentice'. Other famous bearers include Donald Rumsfeld, former US Secretary of Defense, the current Chief Executive of Hong Kong is Donald Tsang and actor Donald Sutherland.

    Donald is one of twin steam engines in 'Thomas the Tank Engine'.

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