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

Odonovan Early Origins



The surname Odonovan 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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Odonovan Spelling Variations


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Odonovan Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Accordingly, research into the name Odonovan revealed spelling variations, including Donovan, Donavon, Donavan, Donevan, Donnovan, Donnavon, Donnavan, Donnovin and many more.

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Odonovan Early History


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Odonovan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odonovan 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 Odonovan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Odonovan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odonovan 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 Odonovan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Odonovan:

Odonovan 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

Odonovan 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 emigrated to the United States from Lymerick, Ireland, in 1908
  • William J. O'Donovan, aged 27, who emigrated 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.)

Odonovan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Odonovan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Odonovan (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
  • Jerome X. O'Donovan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1988
  • Daniel A. O'Donovan (1874-1943), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1924-27; Member of Kentucky State Legislature
  • 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
  • Timothy Joseph O'Donovan (1881-1951), Farmers' Party and Fine Gael politician from County Cork in Ireland
  • 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



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Odonovan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Odonovan 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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