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The spelling Donivan is a related name.
-- themark  9/25/2005
Donovan Bailey is a track runner who won several Olympic medals.
-- memomo  2/16/2006
I love the name Donovan. It has a catchy sound to it, like Flanagan and Sullivan, 2 other Irish names.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2006
American football's Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNab is another who bears this name.
-- Missy  1/5/2007
I love the name Donovan. I think of it as being a name for someone who is very hip and stylish but not frou frou. What I mean is that it is very boyish and strong without sounding like a meathead's name. I would jump to use it if I was not afraid that people would just call him Donny, yuck.
-- Ursa_Minor  2/17/2007
Donovan is the last name of Clyde Donovan, one of the children in South Park.
-- Rockos_Modern_Life_1  4/8/2007
Actress Charisma Carpenter and her husband Damian Hardy have a son Donovan, at 9:50 PM on 24th March 2003 at Cedar Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
-- Karcoolka  5/17/2007
This name always produces good feelings when I hear it on someone, it's so refreshing instead of Michael or John or William.
-- spaz123  9/9/2007
I have a book of names that says it means "Dark Warrior".
-- Haylo  11/15/2007
I really like this name, I find it to be kinda romantic.
-- Renthead13  11/17/2007
I bore this name as a surname for 25 years and my kids still have it as theirs. We think it's a cool name, too. The few issues we have had have been that people tend to want to pronounce it, dah-nah-ven, when in reality, it's, duh-nuh-vin, and they tend to misspell it A LOT -- Dunovan being the most popular. My ex-husband and his family are reeeeal firm about the pronunciation though, just so you know!
-- leananshae  12/10/2007
Donovan Leitch, simply known as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. And a very good one too! You might know him if you lived in the '60s and '70s (or you just like music from that era, like me.)
-- Cinnamonster  2/16/2008
This is the ONLY Irish name that I like. I like how it can fit any type of personality or nationality.
-- jasmineenimsaj  3/24/2008
Why is it from Ó Donnabhain? Shouldn't they just say it's from Donnabhain?

Great name, though. Very masculine and cool. And it is certainly NOT the only Irish name that is so.
-- Anonymous User  4/5/2008
It's actually a cool name, but I don't like the nicknames Don and Donnie.
-- slight night shiver  4/21/2008
Can also be used for a girl. I've met a few girls with this name.
-- Nisha  5/11/2008
This is my husband's name. He pronounces it "Don-a-vin", and I've never heard it pronounced "Dun-uh-vin" like an above person says.

As for nicknames, nobody calls him "Donny", but his family endearingly calls him "Donno".
-- Anonymous User  10/6/2008
There should be an accent on the surname version: Ó Donnabháin. I've never met an Irish-speaker with this first name, but if I did, I would expect it to be spelled Donnabhán in that case, as Donnabháin is the genitive, 'of Donovan'.
-- embryomystic  9/21/2009
I like the name Donovan and I disagree with one of the comments, I think it's a nice boy name that doesn't sound to macho. I also like that it's Irish since I'm partly Irish but I am not fond of the meaning because I don't know who is Donndubhán, I don't know if I am a descendant and "descendant of dark brown"? The meaning doesn't mean much to me.
-- Milena Scialfa  12/31/2009
I don't know why, but I'm a big guy-names-on-girls fan, but this name will fit anyone. I can imagine a 7th grader like Donovan going for his first job, and the manager saying "Wow, that's a really cool name!"
-- writer371  5/25/2011
Awesome name! So hot and masculine. I... love this name.
-- ThatMazerunnerfan  9/6/2014
Besides the fact it's the name of one of my favorite musicians, Don would be a cool nickname.
-- TheAnonimy  1/30/2016
I like this name and if you like\love it as well and are considering using it for your little guy, some combos I have paired with it that you are more than welcome to take a look at are:

Donovan Parker
Donovan Raimi
Donovan Ridge
Donovan Ross
Donovan Lucas
Donovan Sawyer
Donovan Hunter
Donovan Miles
Donovan Lyric
Donovan Isaac
Jeremy Donovan
Kyle Donovan
Leo Donovan
Levi Donovan
Everett Donovan
Spencer Donovan
Jeremiah Donovan
Miles Donovan
Lucas Donovan
Isaac Donovan.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2016

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