Dove Family History

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Dove Name Meaning

English: from Middle English dove, Old English dufe ‘dove’ (or perhaps occasionally from the Old Norse cognate dúfa), applied as a nickname for a mild and gentle person or as a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of doves. The Old English word was used as a personal name for either sex in the early Middle English period, and the surname at least in part derives from this use. Scottish: translation of Mac Calmáin (see Coleman 1). Scottish: variant of Duff. North German: nickname for a deaf or dull man, Middle Low German dof.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Doe, Love, Dore, Mole, Dole, Bove, Dover, Pope, Dome, Hove

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Dove Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dove name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dove. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Dove Family Origin

Where is the Dove family from?

Dove Family Occupations

What did your Dove ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dove. The most common Dove occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Dove's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dove family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dove ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dove Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 118,000 census records available for the last name Dove. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dove census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Dove. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Dove. For the veterans among your Dove ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dove Life Expectancy

What is the average Dove lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dove life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dove in 1943 was 32, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dove ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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