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The surname Dunavan probably derives from "O'Donovan", a family who was displaced from what is now County Limerick in Ireland and by the 13th century had re-established themselves in West Cork.
Among the antiquities of County Cork, Ireland, are the remains of the Dunraven demesne. Included among the ruins is the "O'Donovan Castle". Though now half-destroyed, the original castle covered a square of 40 feet by 40 feet and was two stories high. Castle O'Donovan is located in the village of Adaire, whose Holy Well was blessed by St. Patrick.
Various spellings occur in this family's history, including Dunavan, Dunivan, Dunnavan and Doniphan. The earliest known American Dunavans settled in the area of Virginia. They would migrate through Kentucky to Vermillion County, Indiana, close to the Illinois border.
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