When William Donovan was born in 1784, in Harford, Maryland, United States, his father, Philip Donovan, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Mitchell Gilbert, was 35. He married Elizabeth Ross on 12 February 1806, in Mason, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He died in 1842, in Springfield Township, Clark, Ohio, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, New Carlisle, Clark, Ohio, United States.
Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Finbarr, Aidan, Aileen, Brigid, Declan, Delma, Siobhan.
Irish (Cork): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Donndubháin ‘descendant of Donndubhán’, a personal name composed of the elements donn ‘brown-haired man’ or ‘chieftain’ + dubh ‘black’ + the diminutive suffix -án.