Donovan Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Donovan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Donovan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Donovan Family Origin

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Donovan Family Occupations

What did your Donovan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Donovan. The most common Donovan occupation in the USA was Laborer. 23% of Donovan's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Donovan family was Keeps House.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Keeps House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Donovan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

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 the USA, 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

What is the average Donovan lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Donovan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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