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National Donald Day – March 22, 2023

National Donald Day takes place on March 22! This day is dedicated to everyone named Donald. It’s the time to show your appreciation to every Donald you know and love. If your name is Donald, well, it’s your lucky day, because we’re celebrating none other than you! Some people may not know this, but the name Donald comes from the Celtic name ‘Dòmhnall’ meaning ‘world ruler’ or ‘world leader.’ Common nicknames for Donald include Don, Donnie, and Donny. These also apply to Donella as well, as it’s the feminine version of Donald.

History of National Donald Day

Donald, being of Scottish origin, has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, of course. It was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. During the 20th century, it became popular in the rest of the English-speaking world. Scottish migrants who settled in communities along the east coast of North America contributed to the emergence of the name in the U.S. Early North American records show many people bearing the name Donald were among those Scottish settlers.

Baby name popularity statistics show that Donald has been a registered name in the United States since 1880, with over 1,418,422 boys named so in the last 200 years. It gained the most popularity as a baby name in 1927. During that year, 23,841 babies were named Donald.

Donald reached its peak in popularity in 1934, with 30,408 boys and 110 girls being given the name Donald that year. Since then, the name has ranked within the top 10 most popular names for boys 13 times and within the top 100 names 89 times.

In recent times, however, the popularity of the name Donald has declined steadily. Regardless, it’s still well known and is the name of Walt Disney’s famous cartoon character, Donald Duck, introduced in 1931. It was also borne by Australian cricket player Donald Bradman (1908-2001) and former U.S. President Donald Trump.

National Donald Day timeline

9th Century
The Name of Royalty

Multiple Scottish and Pictish kings are named Donald.

20th Century
Popular in Europe and America

The name Donald gains increasing popularity in many English-speaking countries.

1931
Disney Introduces Donald Duck

Disney introduces the cartoon character Donald Duck in the “Mickey Mouse” universe.

1934
Hey, Donald

Donald is more popular than ever, with 30,408 boys and 110 girls bearing the name.

National Donald Day FAQs

When is National Donald Day?

National Donald Day falls on August 30 every year.

What is the female form of Donald

It’s Donella. The feminine given name Donella is derived from Donald.

What does Donald mean biblically?

Donald is not a biblical name but means ruler of the world.

National Donald Day Activities

  1. Get tweeting

    Wish all Donalds a happy National Donald Day on your social media accounts. Use the correct hashtag so more people can see your post.

  2. Surprise a Donald

    Surprise your favorite Donald with a yummy treat. Is there a better way to celebrate Happy Donald Day than by doing so with a little gift?

  3. Check up on a Donald

    If you know someone named Donald, check on them this holiday to see if they’re doing okay. Also, let them know about the holiday and wish them a merry one.

5 Interesting Facts About The Name Donald

  1. It was most common in 1934

    The name Donald was most common in 1934, with over 30,408 babies being given the name.

  2. Donald Duck is colorblind

    Walt Disney's Donald Duck character is supposedly colorblind, as shown in an episode.

  3. The 45th president of the United States

    Donald Trump served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

  4. Trump is the most famous Donald

    Former U.S President Donald Trump is the most famous person named Donald.

  5. McDonald’s is the world's largest restaurant

    McDonald's is the world's Largest Restaurant chain by revenue, serving over 69 million people each day in over 100 countries.

Why We Love National Donald Day

  1. It shows love for famous Donalds

    There are many famous Donals in the world. This day allows us to celebrate and honor the famous Donalds we know.

  2. Everyone matters

    The holiday shows that everyone matters by celebrating the thousands of Donalds around the world. It’s saying "You don't have to be famous to be celebrated or appreciated. You matter just as you are!"

  3. Easily connect with people online

    It’s an opportunity for people to interact with others. Some people even form new friendships.

National Donald Day dates

YearDateDay
2023March 22Wednesday
2024March 22Friday
2025March 22Saturday
2026March 22Sunday
2027March 22Monday

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