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O'Donovan Surname Origin

The descendants of Donovan, which is derived from Dondubhan, the brown-haired chief. This name was given to a celebrated Irish chieftain of the tenth century, who was killed by the famous Brian Boru.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

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