Meaning and Origin of: Donovan

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Dark warrior

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish (originally of County Limerick, later of Counties Cork and Kilkenny) : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donndubháin ‘descendant of Donndubhán’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + dubh ‘black’ + the diminutive suffix -án.