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Gender: M Meaning of Donovan: "dark" Origin of Donovan: Irish Donovan's Popularity in 2013: #281

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One of the first of the appealing Irish surnames to take off in this country, Donovan has long outgrown its "Mellow Yellow" association, which came via the single from a sixties singer-songwriter named Donovan.

Donovan was Scottish-born Donovan Leitch, whose name was probably inspired by his father Donald's. He proved to be an adventurous, celestial namer himself--three of his children are Astrella Celeste, Oriole Nebula and Ione Skye.

Another potential namesake is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Donovan was in the Top 1000 as early as 1900, now ranking at Number 281.

Related options are surname Donegan and place name Donegal.

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Famous People Named Donovan

Landon Donovan, forward/midfield for LA Galaxy and US Mens National Soccer Team
Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher, son of musician Noel Thomas David Gallagher
Donovan McNabb, American football quarterback
Donovan Jamal McNabb Jr., son of athlete Donovan Jamal McNabb
Donovan Warren, American football cornerback
Jagger Donovan Rooney , son of musician Joe Don Rooney and model Tiffany Fallon Donovan- Scottish singer/songwriter "Sunshine Superman"
Donovan Blake, American cricketer
Donovan Ricketts, Jamaican soccer player
Donovan Frankenreiter, American singer/songwriter

Pop Culture References for the Name Donovan

Sally Donovan- Detective from BBC hit series Sherlock
Donovan from novel "The Puzzle Ring"

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