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