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Of Irish origin.

Originally an Irish surname.

It was derived from the Irish name “Donndubhán”, meaning “brown” and “dark”.

Variants of the name are Donovon, Donoven, Donevin, Donavon.

Famous bearers are Donovan (Philips Leitch), Donovan Bailey, Donovan McNabb, Donovan Patton, Donovan Leitch.

Donovan is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist.

He is widely known for his UK hits, such as “Catch the Wind”, “Universal Soldier” as well as “Mellow Yellow” which became a US #2.