Dover Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dover name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dover. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Dover Family Origin

Where is the Dover family from?

Dover Family Occupations

What did your Dover ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dover. A less common occupation for the Dover family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Dover occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Dover's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dover ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dover Historical Records

What Dover family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Dover Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dover

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dover ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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