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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.
O'Donovan Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A O'Donovan Family History Thought:
'He who has no knaves, fools, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightening.' --Old English Proverb