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What does Donovan mean?

Donovan Pronunciation of Donovan [dono-van] as a boys' name is pronounced DAH-na-vun. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Donovan is "dark; brown-haired chieftain". Football player Donovan McNabb.

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


Donovan has 6 variants: Donavan, Donavon, Donevin, Donevon, Donoven and Donovon.

Creative forms:
(male) Dinovan, Vonvan, ..

(female) Donoda, Donova, ..

Middle name pairings:
Donovan Clinton (D.C.), ..

How popular is Donovan?

Donovan is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#667 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#799 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Donovan entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak position of #176 in the U.S. in 2003, and is currently at #282. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Donavan (#1661 from current records) and Donavon are the popular alternative forms of Donovan (#282 from current records). These forms of Donovan were popular with parents in the year 2003 (adoption of 0.1%) and are somewhat less common today (adoption 0.1%, 45%).

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Conan, Conlan, Danon, Delavan, Delevan (see Delvin), Deloran, Denman, Devan, Doan, Dolan, Donal, Donau, Donn, Donnan, Donohoe, Donohue, Dontae, Dontay, Doogan, Doran, Dorian, Doron, Dorran, Dorrian, Dougan, Douggan (see Dugan), Dowan, Duncan, Dunstan, Giovan, Jovan, Monahan, Ronan and Soloman. These names tend to be less commonly used than Donovan.

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