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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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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 the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 230 Dover families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Dover's in the UK. London had the highest population of Dover families in 1891.
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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. 20% of Dover men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Dover women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dover were Builders Labourer and Domestic Duties.

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Retired
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Domestic Duties
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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 UK, 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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