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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Donald is a masculine given name with Scottish-Gaelic roots, derived from the Gaelic word 'Dòmhnall'. The name means "ruler of the world" or "world mighty", and it originates from the Proto-Celtic term '*Dumno-ualos', which means 'world-ruler'. The final '-d' in Donald is partly derived from a misinterpretation of the Gaelic pronunciation and partly associated with the spelling of similar-sounding Germanic names, such as Ronald. The name gained popularity due to Scottish King Donald II, who was the grandson of King Alpin and became a legendary figure. Throughout history, Donald has been the name of six early Scottish kings and has traditionally been popular in Scotland. In the 20th century, the name became more common in the rest of the English-speaking world. A short form of Donald is Don, and pet forms of the name include Donnie and Donny. The feminine given name Donella is derived from Donald.

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