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O'donovan Surname History



Many of the Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name O'donovan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Donnabhain, derived from the words "donn," which means "brown," and "dubhan," a derivative of "dubh," which means "black."


Early Origins of the O'donovan family


The surname O'donovan was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times at Bruree. Their hereditary territory were the lands along the banks of the river Maigues in that county. They were descended from Crom, the Chief of the Donovans, who built Crom Castle, and he in turn was descended anciently from Eoghan Mor (Eugene the Great), King of Munster. Amhailgadh II's son, Crom's great, great grandfather, was a commander with King Brian Boru in the Battle of Clontarf against the Danes, and it was at this time through marriage that they lost the throne of Munster.

Early History of the O'donovan family


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O'donovan Spelling Variations


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name O'donovan revealed many variations, including Donovan, Donavon, Donavan, Donevan, Donnovan, Donnavon, Donnavan, Donnovin and many more.

Early Notables of the O'donovan family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Donal II O'Donovan (Irish: Domhnall Ó Donnabháin), The O'Donovan of Clann Cathail, Lord of Clancahill (died 1639); Donal III O'Donovan (Irish: Domhnall Ó Donnabháin), The O'Donovan of Clancahill, (born before 1584), he joined the so-called Irish Rebellion of 1641 under Donagh MacCarthy and was accordingly stripped of his estates by...
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Migration of the O'donovan family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name O'donovan or one of its variants:

O'donovan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Timothy O'Donovan, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1893
  • William O'Donovan, aged 41, who landed in America from Doneraile, in 1898

O'donovan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James O'Donovan, aged 22, who settled in America from Dunmanway, in 1902
  • Alice O'Donovan, aged 1, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1905
  • Kittie O'Donovan, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Lymerick, Ireland, in 1908
  • William J. O'Donovan, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Gerald O'Donovan, aged 38, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'donovan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Honoria O'Donovan, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name O'donovan (post 1700)


  • William Rudolf O'Donovan (1844-1920), American sculptor
  • Vita C. O'Donovan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1996 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Jerome X. O'Donovan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1988 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Daniel A. O'Donovan (1874-1943), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1924-27; Member of Kentucky State Legislature [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Timothy Joseph O'Donovan (1881-1951), Farmers' Party and Fine Gael politician from County Cork, Ireland
  • Fred O'Donovan (1930-2010), Irish theatre producer and businessman
  • Paddy O'Donovan (1916-1990), Irish sportsperson
  • Oliver O'Donovan (b. 1945), Irish scholar in the field of Christian ethics
  • Denis O'Donovan (b. 1955), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • John O'Donovan, Irish guitarist with The Adolescents punk band
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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