Dover Family History

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Dover Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.


Similar surnames: Over, Rover, Cover, Hover, Gover, Kover, Lover, Lever, Ober, Homer

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Dover Family Origin

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Dover Family Occupations

What did your Dover ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dover. 4% of Dover men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Dover women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dover were Insurance Agent and Domestic Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    1%
  • Builders Labourer
    1%
  • Insurance Agent
    1%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    52%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Domestic Duties
    2%

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

Dover Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 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 1,000 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?

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dover

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