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Gender: M Meaning of Donovan: "dark" Origin of Donovan: Irish Donovan's Popularity in 2016: #306

One of the first of the appealing Irish surnames to take off in this country, this boys’ name 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 USA Top 1000 as early as 1900, now ranking at Number 306.

Related options are surname Donegan and place name Donegal.

Famous People Named Donovan

Donovan (Philips Leitch), Scottish singer-songwriter
Donovan Jamal McNabb, American NFL football player
Donovan Warren, American football player
Donovan Bailey, Canadian Olympic sprinter
Donovan Blake, American cricketer
Donovan Ricketts, Jamaican footballer
Donovan Frankenreiter, American singer-songwriter
Donovan Alan Osborne, American baseball player
Donovan Woods, American football player
Donovan Patton, American actor
Donovan Jamal McNabb, Jr., son of NFL player Donovan McNabb
Donovan "Donnie" Jackson (b. 1992), son of actress Shar Jackson
Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher, son of musician Noel Gallagher
Donovan Evers Leitch, son of actor Donovan Leitch & Libby Mintz
Donovan Roth (adopted 2006), son of actors Matt Roth and Laurie Metcalf
Jagger Donovan Rooney, son of musician Joe Don Rooney and model Tiffany Fallon
Landon Donovan, American soccer player
Jeffrey Donovan, American actor
Tate Donovan, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Donovan

Donovan, character in "The Puzzle Ring"
Donovan, vampire on TV's "American Horror Story"
Mike Donovan, character in Isaac Asimov's Robot stories
Matt Donovan, character on "The Vampire Diaries"

Donavon, Donevin, Donevon, Donoven, Donovon