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Dover Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either the port of Dover in Kent named from the river on which it stands Celtic dubrās meaning ‘the waters’ (which has become modern Welsh dwfr ‘water’) or Dover in Wigan Lancashire. Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhuidhir or Mac Duibhidhir; see Dwyer . Americanized form of German Dauer or of some other similar (like-sounding) surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Over, Dove, Hover, Dovey, Cover, Rover, Haver, Diver, Dormer, Deger

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Where is the Dover family from?

You can see how Dover families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dover family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dover families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Dover families living in Georgia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Dover's in USA. Georgia had the highest population of Dover families in 1840.
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What did your Dover ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dover. 24% of Dover men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Dover women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dover were Farm Laborer and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Truck Driver
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 55,000 census records available for the last name Dover. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dover census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dover. 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 Cards

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Dover. For the veterans among your Dover ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dover lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Dover life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dover in 1945 was 35, and 69 in 2004.

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