Donovan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Donovan

Donovan

Pronunciation: DAHN-ə-vin (key)

Origin of the name Donovan:

Transferred use of the surname, whicn is an Anglicized form of O'Donnabháin (descendant of Donndubhán). Donndubhán is a Gaelic compound name composed from donn (brown) and a diminutive form of dubh (black, dark): hence, "dark brown or dark-haired."

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Related Names:

Don, Donavan, Donny, Van

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Donovan is a handsome name that will age well. Love the way it sounds.

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We named our second son Donovan in 2011 and we love it! Our first son (born 2004) is Ezra and we love how the names sound together. As was our plan, we generally call the new baby "Donny."

Nicknames for Donovan: | Edit

Don, Donny, Van, Dove, Nova, Dono

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In Norwegian, o means and. Therefore, Donovan means Don and Van... Good for naming after grandfathers or anything you want

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Donovan Leitch- folk singer/songwriter from 60's & 70's ("Catch the wind," "Sunshine Superman," "Jennifer Juniper," "Season of the Witch")
Donovan McNabb - NFL Quarterback, currently plays for the Washington Redskins
Tate Donovan- actor
Landon Donovan- Professional Soccer player for the LA Galaxy

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