Usage: Scottish, English
Pronounced: DAHN-awld [key]
From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the Old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". Two kings of Scotland have borne this name.
Donal Surname Origin
(Celtic) 1. the Gaelic and Irish Domhnall [Domhn, or Domu, corresponds with Latin Domin-us, a lord; the -ll is a diminutive termination - Joyce]. 2. perhaps occasionally for Gaelic and Irish Donghall/Donnghall [donn, brown + the aspirated form of gall, stranger, foreigner].