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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


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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

Donovan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Donovan, aged 30, landed in New York in 1812
  • Ml Donovan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Amos Donovan, aged 52, arrived in Texas in 1827
  • James Donovan, who landed in America in 1834
  • Roger Donovan, who landed in Mississippi in 1835
  • ... (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 [1]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, 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 [2]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 [3]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 [3]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 landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Donovan landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Eugene Donovan, aged 42, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Helen Donovan, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Eugene Donovan, aged 1, 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)
  • Major-General Richard Donovan (1885-1949), American Deputy Chief of Staff for Service Commands, Army Service Forces (1945-1946)
  • Major-General Leo Donovan (1895-1950), American Assistant Chief of Staff Army Ground Forces (1944-1945)
  • Brigadier-General Joseph O. Donovan, American Adjutant-General of California (1941-1942)
  • 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
  • Chris Donovan, American Democrat politician, Social worker; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives 84th District, 2001
  • Clarence W. Donovan, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 4th District, 1911; Defeated, 1909
  • Cornelius Donovan, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 6th District, 1890
  • ... (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
  • Mrs. Agnes  Donovan, née Thompson, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Timothy Francis Donovan, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Donovan, English Fireman from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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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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