The Donovan Family is a secondary family in the story. Unlike the other families, they are not a founding family and it is still unclear how they got to Mystic Falls in the first place.
You can tell that Matt is ashamed of his mom Kelly and prefers to be without her.
- Mr. Donovan (First Name Unknown): He is the ex-husband of Kelly and the father of Vicki and Matt. Nothing is known about his history, background or his character.
- Kelly Donovan: Kelly grew up in Mystic Falls and was best friends with Miranda Sommers in high school. She used to babysit Jenna Sommers, Miranda's sister and they became good friends. 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. 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.
- Vicki Donovan: Victoria, commonly known as Vicki, was born in 1990 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 an escape route with her personal problems. Also, she did not share her true emotions with anyone and did not think that she had a future. She also dated Jeremy Gilbert and he was devastated when she died. She was turned into a vampire by Damon Salvatore (out of boredom), only to later be staked by Stefan in attempts to protect both Elena and Jeremy.
- Matt Donovan: Matthew Donovan, commonly known as Matt Donovan, was born in 1992 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, but it wasn't likely to happen because Elena and Stefan started dating. He later became a Medium, after drowning and being brought back to life by Bonnie Bennett.
The Donovan family tree is incomplete because it is unknown who Matt and Vicki's father is, so he is not mentioned in the tree.
|Kelly Donovan||Kelly's Husband|
|Vicki Donovan †||Matt Donovan|
- 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.
- 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 brought up.