Origin of the Name Donovan
The origin of the name Donovan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Donovan is derived from the Gaelic O'Donnabhain sept that was located in Counties Limerick , Kilkenny and Cork . The O'Donovans were a very prominent sept throughout mediaeval times.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
Their original territory was in County Limerick but they were forced to migrate south to Cork after the Anglo-Norman invasion. They were among the most prominent septs in King James Army. A most famous bearer of the name in Irish history was Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, 1831-1915, the Fenian who, after being imprisoned because of his republican activities later settled to America. In Modern times the name Donovan is most associated with County Cork .
The Donovan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Donovan descendants.