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Many of the Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name 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."

Donovan Early Origins



The surname 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.

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Donovan Spelling Variations


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Donovan Spelling Variations



One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Donovan family name include Donovan, Donavon, Donavan, Donevan, Donnovan, Donnavon, Donnavan, Donnovin and many more.

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Donovan Early History


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Donovan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donovan research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1639, 1584, 1641, 1689, 1684, 1705 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Donovan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donovan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donovan Early Notables (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...

Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donovan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Donovan or one of its variants:

Donovan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dennis Donovan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1745 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Donovan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Donovan, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Ml Donovan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Amos Donovan, aged 52, who arrived in Texas in 1827 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Donovan, who landed in America in 1834 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Roger Donovan, who landed in Mississippi in 1835 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donovan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Donovan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Elenor Donovan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Jeremiah Donovan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Johana Heffernan Donovan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Simon Donovan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donovan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Donovan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Jeremiah Donovan, a smith, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Michael Donovan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • John Donovan, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Michael Donovan, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donovan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Donovan, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Donovan, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Eugene Donovan, aged 42, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Helen Donovan, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Eugene Donovan, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donovan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donovan (post 1700)



  • Major-General William Joseph Donovan (1883-1959), American Ambassador to Thailand (1953-1954) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) William Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/William_Joseph/USA.html
  • Major-General Richard Donovan (1885-1949), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Service Commands, Army Service Forces (1945-1946) [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Richard Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Richard/USA.html
  • Major-General Leo Donovan (1895-1950), American Assistant Chief of Staff Army Ground Forces (1944-1945) [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Leo Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Leo/USA.html
  • Brigadier-General Joseph O. Donovan, American Adjutant-General of California (1941-1942) [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Joseph Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Joseph_O./USA.html
  • Lisa Donovan (b. 1980), American actress and writer
  • Shaun L.S. Donovan (b. 1966), United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development appointed in 2009
  • Landon Timothy Donovan (b. 1982), American soccer player
  • John J Donovan (b. 1942), former professor of Electrical Engineering and Management at MIT, founder of nearly a dozen technology companies, has an estimated fortune of $100 Million
  • Major General William Joseph Donovan (1883-1959), American soldier, lawyer and intelligence officer, best remembered today as wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    William Donovan. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Donovan. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joseph_Donovan
  • Andrew D. Donovan, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1925-27 [10]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 88 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Donovan Historic Events


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Donovan Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Harold  Donovan (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  • Mrs. Agnes  Donovan, née Thompson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 [11]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Timothy Francis Donovan, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking [12]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Donovan, English Fireman from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) William Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/William_Joseph/USA.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Richard Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Richard/USA.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Leo Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Leo/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Joseph Donovan. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donovan/Joseph_O./USA.html
  9. ^ William Donovan. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) William Donovan. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Joseph_Donovan
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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The Donovan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donovan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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