Surname statistics for Donovan

There are approximately 13,761 people named Donovan in the UK. That makes it the 739th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 218 are named Donovan.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)13761739N/A218
United Kingdom (1881 census)47609310.016159
Change since 1881+9001+192+0.006+59
Other Countries
United States39270799N/A146


People with the surname Donovan are slightly more likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Donovan are:

  1. Conservative (3)
  2. Labour (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

Michael Donovan
John Donovan
James Donovan
Paul Donovan
David Donovan
Mark Donovan
Christopher Donovan
Stephen Donovan
Terence Donovan
Peter Donovan
Patrick Donovan
Richard Donovan
Kevin Donovan
Daniel Donovan
Andrew Donovan
Matthew Donovan
Steven Donovan
Anthony Donovan
Timothy Donovan
Brian Donovan

Top female forenames

Susan Donovan
Lisa Donovan
Margaret Donovan
Clare Donovan
Mary Donovan
Tracy Donovan
Elizabeth Donovan
Sarah Donovan
Michelle Donovan
Janet Donovan
Jane Donovan
Sharon Donovan
Caroline Donovan
Pauline Donovan
Christine Donovan
Helen Donovan
Janice Donovan
Deborah Donovan
Carol Donovan
Louise Donovan


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.