Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English dove, Old English
dūfe ‘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
- North German: nickname for a deaf or dull man, Middle
Low German dōf.
- David James Dove was born about 1696 in Portsmouth, England, where
his father was a tailor. He arrived with his wife in Philadelphia in
1750 and in 1751 opened an academy for young ladies. He was the first
person in PA who attempted to supply higher education for
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