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Donovan Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Donegan, Donnan, Duncan, O'donovan, Donlon, Doonan, Coogan, Donelan

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Donovan Family Origin

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Donovan Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Income were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Donovan. 32% of Donovan men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Donovan women worked as an Income. Some less common occupations for Americans named Donovan were Clerk and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Income
    13%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Teacher
    8%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Donovan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 361,000 census records available for the last name Donovan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Donovan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 75,000 immigration records available for the last name Donovan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 62,000 military records available for the last name Donovan. For the veterans among your Donovan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Donovan Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Donovan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Donovan in 1942 was 59, and 75 in 2004.

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