Leonard vs Donald - What's the difference?

leonard | donald |


As proper nouns the difference between leonard and donald

is that leonard is , cognate to leonard while donald is .

leonard

English

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • .
  • * 1844 , The Birthright and Other Tales , Henry Colburn 1844, page 251:
  • - - - save the delight of being called "Leo" by those whom the newspapers call "the leading fashionables", whereas, had he stuck to the city , he might still have been called only Leonard , like his father before him.
  • * 1997 , Underworld , Simon&Schuster 1998, ISBN 0684848155, page 592:
  • "You want names, I'll give you names. My name is Leonard Alfred Schneider. What was I doing when I took the name Lenny Bruce? I was moving towards the invisible middle.
  • (Lennon).
  • Usage notes

    *The given name has been in quiet continuous use since the Middle Ages. A popularity peak occurred during the first half of the 20th century.

    donald

    English

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • .
  • * 1816 , Old Mortality , Samuel H. Parker, 1836, page 232
  • "Country?" replied Cuddie; "ou, the country's weel eneugh, and it werena that dour deevil, Calver'se, ( they ca' him Dundee now) that's stirring about yet in the Highlands, they say, with a' the Donalds , and Duncans, and Dugalds, that ever wore bottomless breeks, driving about wi' him, to set things asteer again, - - -
  • * 1980 , The Glass House, a Novella and Stories , Viking Press, 1980, ISBN 0670341797, page 76:
  • My friends call me Terry. My husband always used my full name, Teresa. He said it made him feel like he was married to a foreign woman. And I never called him Don or Donny or Donny Joe. I called him Donald from the first time we met.
  • * 1991 , Donald Duk , Coffee House Press, 1991, ISBN 0918273838, page 1
  • Donald' Duk never liked his name. He hates his name. He is not a duck. He is not a cartoon character. - - - "Only the Chinese are stupid enough to give a kid a stupid name like '''Donald''' Duk," ' Donald Duk says to himself.

    Usage notes

    *Popular in all English-speaking countries in the first half of the 20th century.

    Derived terms

    * Donald Duck * (pet forms) Don, Donnie, Donny * (female given name) Donna