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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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Where is the Dove family from?

You can see how Dove families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dove family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dove families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 27 Dove families living in Virginia. This was about 19% of all the recorded Dove's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Dove families in 1840.
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What did your Dove ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dove. 26% of Dove men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Dove women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dove were Carpenter and Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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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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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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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