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Origins of the Donovan surname

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About the Donovans

We have a total number of 106536 records for people with the last name Donovan.

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Where do most Donovans live?

In 1921, most Donovans lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Donovans

How common is your surname?

847th most common surname in the UK

We have 45,600 records for the Donovan surname. The oldest one dates back to 1575.

Who were Donovans most likely to marry?

Sullivans

&

McCarthys

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What are the most common Donovan first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Ellen

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Common jobs for Donovans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Donovans in 1921
Laundress

264

Charwoman

234

Servant

164

Domestic Servant

154

Tailoress

148

Common Male occupations for Donovans in 1921
General Labourer

514

Dock Labourer

303

Tailor

229

Laborer

220

Carman

116

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