Donna comes from the Italian word meaning “woman,” or “lady”, used as a title of respect for the lady of the house. It derives from Latin domina (lady, mistress of the house) from a Proto-Indo-European source, either from *demh₂- (to tame, subdue) or from *dṓm (house, home) via root *dem- (to build). Donna could also be used as a feminine form of Donald, the anglicized form of Gaelic Domhnall meaning “ruler of the world” from Celtic elements *dubnos (world) via PIE *dʰewb- (deep, hollow);and *walos (prince, chief). Donna is also an Italian surname, a matrynomic surname derived from the given name. Donna could also be used as a short form of Belladonna, an Italian female name meaning “beautiful lady”, as well as the name of a plant also known as deadly nightshade.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic



  • Dona (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Donalda (Scottish)
  • Donaldina (Scottish)
  • Donelle (English)
  • Donella (Scottish)


Male forms:

  • Donald (Scottish, English)
  • Domhnall (Scottish, Irish)
  • Domnall (Scottish, Irish)
  • Dónal (Irish)
  • Donal (Irish)


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