Donovan Name Meaning & Origin
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.
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Donovan is a handsome name that will age well. Love the way it sounds.
- Personal experiences with the name Donovan
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."
I have four children. Eldest daughter= Katarina, Second son= Karsten, 3rd daughter= Elena and lastly my youngest son, Donovan. I loved the name Donovan for various reasons. First of all, I knew it would age well, and be an appropriate teen and adult name. Also, I had heard the name very rarely, so knew it would not be too common in a classroom. I also loved the meaning, (strong warrior). Overall the name has suited him well, and he is nicknamed 'Dono' for short, since I immediately eliminated 'Donny'. A great name!
- Nicknames for Donovan
Don, Donny, Van, Dove, Nova, Dono
- Meanings and history of the name Donovan
- 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
- Donovan in song, story & screen