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  1. Donovannoun

    A surname,

  2. Donovannoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname.

  3. Donovannoun

    The Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan

  4. Etymology: From Irish Ó Donndubháin "descendant of (a person named) brown + black" + donn ‘brown’, dubh ‘black’ + -án masc. diminutive suffix. The form -áin is the genitive, so ‘of brown-black’

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  1. Donovan

    Donovan Phillips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known mononymously as Donovan, is a Scottish musician, songwriter, and record producer. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelic rock and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, Hertfordshire (England), London, California, and—since at least 2008—in County Cork, Ireland, with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series Ready Steady Go!. Having signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded singles and two albums in the folk vein for Hickory Records, after which he signed to CBS/Epic in the US—the first signing by the company's new vice-president Clive Davis—and became more successful internationally. He began a long and successful collaboration with leading British independent record producer Mickie Most, scoring multiple hit singles and albums in the UK, US, and other countries.He emerged onto the scene in 1965 with three UK hit singles: "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier", the last written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. In September 1966, "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week and went to No. 2 in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US No. 2 in December 1966, then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the top 5 in both countries, and then "Atlantis", which reached US No. 7 in May 1969. He became a friend of pop and folk musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and the Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968 that Lennon employed in "Dear Prudence", "Julia", "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", and other songs. His backing musicians included the Jeff Beck Group, and John Bonham, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, who later rose to fame as members of Led Zeppelin. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time. Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. His performing and recording became sporadic until a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of Britain's rave scene. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.

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  1. Donovan

    Donovan is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. Initially labelled an imitator of Bob Dylan, he developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He has variously lived in Scotland, London, and California, and, since at least 2008, has lived in County Cork, Ireland with his family. Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan shot to fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with a series of live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!. Having initially signed with Pye Records in 1965, he recorded a handful of singles and two albums in the folk music vein, but after signing a new contract with U.S. CBS/Epic Records his popularity spread to other countries. After extricating himself from his original management contract, he began a long and successful collaboration with Mickie Most, one of the leading British independent record producers of the era, scoring a string of hits in the UK, the US, Australia and other countries. His most successful singles in the 1960s included the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "The Universal Soldier" in 1965, while "Sunshine Superman" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and "Mellow Yellow" reached US #2 the following year, with "Hurdy Gurdy Man" reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968. He was the first artist to be signed to CBS/Epic Records by then-new Administrative Vice President Clive Davis. Donovan and Most collaborated on a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970. He became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968. Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DONOVAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Donovan is ranked #853 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Donovan surname appeared 40,410 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 14 would have the surname Donovan.

    92.9% or 37,557 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 1,127 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 808 total occurrences were Black.
    1.3% or 537 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 275 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.2% or 109 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Donovan in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Donovan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Donovan in a Sentence

  1. Alex Jensen:

    There’s so much focus other teams have on him that it frees up other guys offensively -- he’s Donovan Mitchell and makes life a lot easier for everybody.

  2. Justin Zanik:

    Change is inevitable in the NBA. I'm not trying to be cryptic or anything else, but Donovan is on our roster, and he's a very, very important part of what we're trying to do. Things evolve in the NBA, so I couldn't sit here and say anybody is [untouchable]. We're trying to build a championship team, but there's no intent [to trade Mitchell], at all.

  3. Liza Sueme:

    My husband wouldn't have been able to go on that trip without the gift Donovan Bulger gave Donovan Bulger, it's just all overwhelming to think this all happened.

  4. Montana Siniff:

    When drunk, Former Marine Donovan Crowl's the guy you want to shut up. When sober the best man you could have, the militia was a good thing to help him... like it was a reason to be sober.

  5. Bojan Bogdanovic:

    It was just unselfishness, double-teaming or blitzing Donovan allows us to play 4-on-3 on the other side. I think that was the biggest part of the game.

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