Gender: Male Meaning of Donovan: "dark" Origin of Donovan: Irish Donovan's Popularity in 2019: #352

Donovan Origin and Meaning

The name Donovan is a boy's name of Irish Gaelic origin meaning "dark".

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 retired pro bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Donovan was in the USA Top 1000 as early as 1900.

Related options are surname Donegan and place name Donegal.

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Rank in US: #352

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CCB Says:


Is anybody seeing a lot of Donovan's being born in their region of the country this year?

paulapuddephatt Says:


A good way to get the nickname Don. The association with the singer-songwriter is a positive one for me.

Guest Says:


I want to put this on the list for a boy because it's so strong and handsome but again with my cousins having all the good names! gahhh!

Guest Says:


My cousin's middle name, I think it goes great with his first name Caleb

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This name is annoyingly common where I live. It seems like everyone is naming their kid Donovan and thinking they're so cool or creative. I don't want to meet one more Donovan, or my head just might explode.

scgogirl Says:


I play soccer so I feel like this would be a cool name for a soccer fan's kid