Donald Family Background

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Surname Meaning

This name is reduced from McDonald.Patronymic from the personal name 'Domhnall',composed of the celtic elements 'Domno' world + 'Val' rule.

The above may indicate someone in charge or of higher power 'a ruler'. The surname is of Gaelic (scottish) origin.

Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Donald Surname Statistics


Top Professions for the Donald family

Profession Census Frequency
Labourer 58
Female Servant 51
Independent 49
Agricultural Labourer 28
Shoe Maker 16
Farmer 12
Coal Miner 10
Tailor 10
Male Servant 9
Apprentice 8
Weaver 8
Pauper 8
Gardener 7
Dress Maker 7
Soldier 6
Servant 6
Shipwright 6
Mariner 6
Shoe Binder 6
Cotton Carder 5
Joiner 5
Carpenter 5
Independant 5
Laundress 5
Cotton 4

Donald Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Donald 100% 21,568
2 Odonald 86% 236
3 Donnald 86% 232
4 Donold 83% 207

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The surname Donald is the most popular version of all its varients

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