Dow Family History
Dow Name Meaning
Scottish: nickname from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see Duff ). English: from the Middle English personal name Dow a rhyming pet form of Row(e) representing a common pronunciation of Rolf a side form of Ralph. See Rolfe and compare Daw Dawson and Dowson . Alternatively in East Anglia the name may be a variant of Dove . Americanized form of Dutch Douw: from the personal name Douwe from Frisian dou ‘pigeon’. Americanized form of German Dau . Americanized form of French Daoust .
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press