Dunavan Family Genealogy Forum
The obstacle I have encountered is the variations in spelling. There is a large number of Dunavan, Dunavant, Dunevant, Dunnivant, Donovant, Dunnavint, Dunnavant, Dunnavan, etc., in the United States. Many bearers of these surnames have been in the country for quite some time and thus aren't as traceable as the "Potato Irish" who came to America in the 1800's and who still live in their tight-knit Irish Catholic communities on the east coast. The surname is certainly Irish in origin, stemming from the Irish Donovan, and the variations in spelling are said to have resulted from the manner in which the surname is pronounced by an Irish tongue.
I come from a line of Dunavant's (Tennessee) and my grandfather always claimed to be of Scots-Irish heritage. The earliest record of a Dunavant that I have is a Victoria Dunavant, born in 1863, in Tennessee. Unfortunately, I don't have any further information, but I am diligently working on tracing this surname.
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