August 14, 2014 § 1 Comment
Diminutive of “Donald“, from the Gaelic name “Domhnall”, meaning “world ruler”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Domhnall, Domnall, Domnall, Don, Donal, Donald, Donnie, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Donny Duval, Diana’s older brother, a Korean war vet who has come home (and shows no sign of leaving), in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).
– Donny (Donald) McGilvray, Bella’s “crippled” younger brother, who thinks Katy Bennet might be a fairy, in “That Ridiculous Child”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).