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Origin & Meaning

The name Donovan is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Donovan is "dark".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "descendant of Donndubhan".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 284 in baby name popularity for boys with 1258 occurrences.  It ranked 17124 in popular baby names for girls with 5 occurrences. 

View the Donovan Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Donovan has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Donovan to other names.


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Related Names

Donovan is a variant spelling of Donavan.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Donovan McNabb.

Name Fun

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Just for fun, see the name Donovan in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.