Dover Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the port of Dover in Kent, named from the river on which it stands, a Celtic name meaning ‘the waters’ (from the word which became modern Welsh dwfr ‘water’). North German: habitational name from Doveren in the Rhineland, of uncertain etymology; the origin is possibly Celtic and so related ultimately to 1, or a variant of Dove 4.

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


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

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Dover Family Origin

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Dover Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Labourer

    11%
  • Ship Carpenter

    11%
  • Carpenter

    6%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Ship Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dover. A less common occupation for the Dover family was Carpenter. The most common Dover occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Dover's were Farmers.

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Between 1945 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dover

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