Donovan

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Irish Ó Donndubháin "descendant of (a person named) brown + black" + donn ‘brown’, dubh ‘black’ + -án masc. diminutive suffix. The form -áin is the genitive, so ‘of brown-black’

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɒnəvɪn/, /ˈdʌnəvɪn/

Proper noun[edit]

Donovan

  1. A surname,
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname.
  3. The Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges: A Concise Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press 2001