Dove History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Dove family
The surname Dove was first found in Berwickshire where the name is likely from the Gaelic, Dhu (dubh), Anglicized as "black" or from "don or doo," the Scottish for dove or pigeon. 
Another source postulates the name could have been a variant of Dove or Dawe.
The first on record of the family was Ede Douw who held land in 'vico boreali,' Edinburgh, 1366. Four years later, John Dowe was a witness at an inquest taken at Berwick-on-Tweed, 1370. "Dow is not uncommon in Perthshire appearing there in 1497, when Robert Dow held a land in Perth." 
Further to the south, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Agnes Dowe; Hgo Dowe; Alicia Dowe; and Adam Dowe-man, the servant of Dow. 
Turning back the clock further, we found Robertus filius Duue, Doue listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1166 and Ralph, William Duue were listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1197. 
Early History of the Dove family
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Dove Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: McDow, Dow, Dowe, Dove, Dows, Dowes, Doves and others.
Early Notables of the Dove family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Henry Dove, (1640-1695), Archdeacon of Richmond, son of a clergyman, born in 1640, and elected from Westminster to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1658. He was also a politician, Mayor of Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1616.
John Dove (1561-1618), was 'a Surrey man, born of plebeian parents,' and scholar of St. Peter's College, Westminster, whence...
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In the United States, the name Dove is the 1,975th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name.  However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Dove is ranked the 486th most popular surname with an estimated 97 people with that name. 
Migration of the Dove family to Ireland
Some of the Dove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Dove migration to the United States ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dove Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Ffrancis Dove, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 
- Francis Dove, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 
- Philip Dove, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 
Dove Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Sara Dove, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 
- Timothy Dove, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 
Dove Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Dove, who arrived in America in 1806 
- William Pritchard Dove, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 
- Charles Dove, who arrived in New York in 1837 
- John Dove, who arrived in Colorado in 1884 
| Dove migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dove Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Eiter Main Dove, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Daniel Dove, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. William Dow U.E. who settled in Digdeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 served in the 74th Regiment 
- Mr. Robert Dowlar Jr., U.E. who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1784 
Dove Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Edward Dove, who landed in Halifax or New York in 1811
| Dove migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dove Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. George Dove, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- John Dove, a shoemaker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Mr. David Dove, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 
- Ellen Dove, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"
| Dove migration to New Zealand ||+|
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Dove Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Dove, aged 22, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
- Mr. William Dove, (b. 1840), aged 21, Scottish ploughman, from Lanarkshire travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "Rhea Sylvia" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd May 1861 
- Mr. Eli Dove, (b. 1846), aged 17, British gardener, from Hampshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 
- Mr. Levi Dove, (b. 1849), aged 16, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Greyhound" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th May 1865 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Dove (post 1700) ||+|
- Robert B. Dove (1938-2021), American politician, Parliamentarian of the United States Senate (1995-2001), and a professor of political science at George Washington University
- Meredith Dove, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
- Herman Dove, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 6th District, 1964
- Franklin R. Dove, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920; Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention 40th District, 1920; Circuit Judge in Illinois 4th Circuit, 1925
- Franklin E. Dove, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
- C. L. Dove, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 6th District, 1952
- Rita Dove (b. 1952), American poet and author awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
- Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946), early American modernist, he was one of America's first abstract painters
- Charles Dove (b. 1879), English footballer
- Craig Dove (b. 1983), English football midfielder
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|Historic Events for the Dove family ||+|
- Mr. Harold Leslie Dove, British Leading Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and died in the sinking 
HMS Royal Oak
- George E. Dove, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking 
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Patient.
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