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Donald Name Meaning

Scottish: shortened form of McDonald (Mac Dhomhnaill) from the Gaelic personal name Domhnall; found in 13th- and 14th-century Scotland as Dofnald Douenald Dufenald and Donald. Irish (Ulster): possibly also a shortened and altered form of Irish O'Donell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ronald, Mcnall, Ronan, Dona, Mcdonald, Leonard, Dodd, Dolan, Conard

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Where is the Donald family from?

You can see how Donald families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Donald family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Donald families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 430 Donald families living in Ontario. This was about 32% of all the recorded Donald's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Donald families in 1911.
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What did your Donald ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Donald. 32% of Donald men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Donald women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donald were Farmers Son and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Farmers Son

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Student
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 111,000 immigration records available for the last name Donald. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 89,000 military records available for the last name Donald. For the veterans among your Donald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Donald lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Donald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Donald in 1945 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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