Donovan Name Meaning & Origin

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."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Don, Donavan, Donny, Van

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Don, Donny, Van, Dove, Nova, Dono

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Famous real-life people named Donovan

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- Retired US Men's National Soccer Team
William "Wild Bill" Donovan - Founder and leader of the OSS, the WW2-era precursor to the CIA.
Donovan Smith - trainspotter
Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher (b. 2007), son of English singer, songwriter, and guitarist Noel Gallagher

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