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Where did the English Dove family come from? What is the English Dove family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dove family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dove family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: McDow, Dow, Dowe, Dove, Dows, Dowes, Doves and others.

First found in Berwickshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dove research. Another 157 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1370, 1500, 1527, 1616 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Dove History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dove Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dove family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Dove, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eiter Main Dove, who arrived 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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ellen Dove, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Australia"

Dove Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Dove, aged 22, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842

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  • Arthur Garfield Dove (1880-1946), early American modernist, he was one of America's first abstract painters
  • Rita Dove (b. 1952), American poet and author awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Craig Dove (b. 1983), English football midfielder
  • Charles Dove (b. 1879), English footballer
  • Heinrich Wilhelm Dove FRS (1803-1879), Prussian physicist and meteorologist
  • Jonathan Dove (b. 1959), British composer of opera, choral works, plays, films, and orchestral and chamber music
  • Frank Sydney Dove (1897-1957), British boxer who competed at the 1920 Summer Olympics
  • Mr. Harold Leslie Dove (d. 1941), British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking


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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: Patiens
Motto Translation: Patient.

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  1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Dove Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dove Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 15:24.

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