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What does Donavan mean?

Donavan Pronunciation of Donavan [don-a-van] as a name for boys. The meaning of the name Donavan is "dark; brown-haired chieftain". Donavan is a version of Donovan (Irish, Gaelic): football player Donovan McNabb.

Associated with: dark, brown, chieftain (king).


Donavan has 5 variants: Donavon, Donevin, Donevon, Donoven and Donovon.

Creative forms:
(male) Denavan, Denvan, ..

(female) Donarah, Donavi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Donavan Reece (D.R.), ..

How popular is Donavan?

Donavan is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#29181 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Donavan was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #659 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #1661. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donavan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Donavan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Donovan (#282 from current records) and Donavon are the popular related forms of Donavan (#1661 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Donovon, are uncommon. These relations of Donavan were favored as baby names in 2003 (usage of 0.13%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.07%, 45%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Donavan, Donavon, Donovan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Donavan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Beavan, Cavan, Conan, Conlan, Dagan, Dalan, Daman, Daran, Davar, Daven, Davian, Davin, Davon, Davyan, Davyn, Deavon, Delavan, Delevan (see Delvin), Denman, Devan, Doan, Dolan, Donahoe, Donahue, Donal, Donald, Donatien, Donato, Donatus, Donau, Donn, Donnan, Dontae, Dontay, Doogan, Doran, Dorian, Dorran, Dorrian, Dougan, Douggan (see Dugan), Dowan, Draven, Duncan, Dunstan, Gavan, Javan, Jeavan, Johanan, Jonathan, Jovan, Kavan, Lavan, Monahan, Ronan and Solaman. These names tend to be more frequently used than Donavan.

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