South Portland — The National Institute of Donnas recognized Maine with its highest honor on Tuesday.
Of the 50 states and territories of the United States of America, Maine tops them all in the number of Donnas, according to the institute.
“From Donna Akers to Donna Zimmerman, Maine has Donnas spanning the whole spectrum,” NID Spokesperson Donna Plourde said.
The National Institute of Donnas was formed in 1971 to study and promote Donnas in the United States. An International Institute of Donnas was formed in 1984 during Donnamania, but disbanded in 1992 after the Donnagate scandals.
The title is given not only to the state with the most Donnas, but also to states helping spread the good Donna word.
“If you know a Donna, you know someone good,” Plourde said with a smile.
However, not everyone is happy with the attention lavished on the state. Don A’Hearn of Stockton Springs said he’s “sick of it.”
“My name is Donald, but everyone calls me Don,” he said.
“But when people hear Don A’Hearn they just figure I’m one of these Donnas and lump me in with all of them,” he complained.
“‘Bout sick of it.”
This is the eighth year in a row Maine has led the nation in Donnas. The Committee for the Study of Kevins and the National Agency of Tammys have also given Maine their highest honors.