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About my Dan
Posted October 10th, 2010 - 7:59 am by from Inverness, Scotland (Permalink)
Hi all. Saw some post re why people were called Dan so thought I'd stick a post on as well.
My name is actually Donald but in the Scottish Highlands, and Inverness in particular it is common to abbreviate Donald to Dan. Ive been called Dan since I started my nurse training way back in 1988.
Donald From the Gaelic name Domhnall which means "ruler of the world", composed of the old Celtic elements dumno "world" and val "rule". This was the name of two 9th-century kings of the Scots and Picts. It has traditionally been very popular in Scotland, and during the 20th century it became common in the rest of the English-speaking world.
I far prefer being called Dan though and probably wouldn't register that someone was caling to me if the shouted "Donald"