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And then, there you are, wasted at the bar, where I work, by the way, to pay the bills that you don't pay. And then you're off acting like a freakin' kid, hooking up with some guy half your age. I'm the kid, Mom! You're supposed to be responsible for me.

The Donovan Family is a secondary family in The Vampire Diaries. Unlike most of the other main characters, they are not a founding family, and it is still unclear how the Donovans made their way to Mystic Falls and settled there in the first place.

After the middle of Season One, Matt became the only Donovan known to still reside in Mystic Falls. In The Day I Tried To Live, it was revealed that Kelly now lives in South Carolina.

Family Members

  • Peter Maxwell's Grandmother: Not much is known about her, though she is Peter's Grandmother and Matt's Great-Grandmother (on his father's side). Peter did reveal that up until a few years ago before her death, she lived in Mystic Falls. Peter also states that she used to say "A glass of vervain every day keeps the vampires at bay", indicating that she knew about the existence of vampires, though this is likely why Peter claimed she was 'senile'. Through unknown means, she possessed the Maxwell family heirloom, something that has a connection with Sybil and/or the Sirens. Considering Peter only learned of his son's existence a few months prior, it is likely she never knew of Matt nor Vickie.
  • Peter Maxwell: He is the ex-boyfriend of Kelly and the father of Matt Donovan and presumably, Vicki Donovan. Nothing is known about his history, background or his character, aside from the fact that he apparently left Kelly prior to her second child as they have not seen him since nor did he know he was Matt's father until he was contacted by Matt himself (a couple of months ago from current events). He owns and operates his own mechanic shop: Maxwell Mechanics
  • Kelly Donovan: Kelly grew up in Mystic Falls and was best friends with Miranda Sommers in high school and by extension, the Gilberts. She used to babysit Jenna Sommers, Miranda's sister and they became good friends when Jenna grew up. She and Miranda remained good friends after Miranda married Grayson Gilbert and their children Matt Donovan and Elena Gilbert sometimes used to share a crib as babies. Kelly had a daughter named Vicki and a son, Matt. Several years later, Kelly left Mystic Falls with her boyfriend Pete and left Matt and Vicki alone. She returned for a short period of time in 2010, but then left town soon after and moved to South Carolina, presumably with a new boyfriend.
  • Vicki Donovan: Victoria, commonly known as Vicki, was born in 1991 in Mystic Falls, Virginia. She was the eldest daughter of Kelly and the older sister of Matt. She was rebellious, irresponsible, and a frustrated girl with a low self-esteem. She used alcohol and drugs as a way to escape from the problems in her life and the hopelessness she felt about the future. She was known as being a closed-off person who had difficulty trusting others due to her absent parents. She had a semi-serious relationship with Tyler Lockwood, and also dated Jeremy Gilbert for a short while during her senior year. She was turned into a vampire by Damon Salvatore out of boredom in 2009, only to later be staked by Stefan in attempts to protect both Elena and Jeremy, whom Vicki tried to feed on during a lapse of control over her newborn bloodlust. 
  • Matt Donovan: Matthew Donovan, commonly known as Matt Donovan, was born in 1993 in Mystic Falls, Virginia. He is the youngest child of Kelly Donovan and the younger brother of Vicki. Because their mothers were best friends, Matt knew Elena Gilbert since they both were born. They grew up being really good friends and they started dating in their teens. When Elena's parents died, she broke up with Matt because she needed time alone. He still hoped they could be together again someday, but quickly realized wasn't likely to happen after Elena and Stefan started dating. He later became a Medium, after drowning and being brought back to life by Bonnie Bennett. However, his abilities seemed to be specific only to his sister Vicki's ghost.

Family Tree

This is The Donovan Family Tree contains all known members of this family.

Peter Maxwell's Grandmother
Kelly Donovan - S1
Kelly Donovan
Peter Maxwell-promo
Peter Maxwell
*Vicki Donovan
Matt Donovan

*While Peter's parentage to Matt has been confirmed, Vicki's has not and is currently assumed.


  • Donovan is a surname of Irish origin. The meaning of the name is "dark warrior". 
  • Other spellings of Donovan include Dohnovan, Donavan, Donevan, Donevon, Donivan, Donnivan, Donnovan, Donnoven, Donoven, Donovin, Donovon, Donvan.


  • The Donovan family is a combination of the Bennett and Honeycutt families from the novels.
  • In the novels, Vicki and Matt aren't related.
  • Kelly and Vicki were not shown to be communicating and in fact, seemed to have an estranged relationship.
  • It is unknown what had happened with Matt and Vicki's father, however Vicki mentioned he wasn't worth knowing, indicating that he's a deadbeat.
  • This family has the least amount of members, as only three are known.
  • An original version of the Donovan family showed Julie Plec trying to write Kelly as a succubus, but the idea was scrapped after the thought of having too many supernatural creatures was brought up.


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