Donovan Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Donovan Family History

If you are conducting some Donovan family history research then you can view the Donovan coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Donovan surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Donovan in Ireland is derived from the O'Donobhain Sept who were originally based in Limerick but who later migrated to Cork. Descendants bearing this name can be found throughout the country but particularly in the ancestral homeland Counties as well as in Counties Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Donovan Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Snake Symbol of Wisdom
Sword Symbol of Government and Justice
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