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The name Dover is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived beside a small stream that emptied into a harbour. The surname Dover originally derived from the Old English word Dofre.

Dover Early Origins



The surname Dover was first found in Dover, a town and major ferry port in the county of Kent. The surrounding chalk cliffs have become known as the White Cliffs of Dover are known worldwide and the subject of the famous Vera Lynn wartime song so named. During the war, the cliffs were the last sight of mainland seen and then the first mainland seen by most of the returning soldiers. However, the town has a long history in its own right that dates back to at least the 4th century when it was first listed as Dubris [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
or Portus Dubris. By the Domesday Book of 1086, the local was known as Dovere [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and derives its name from the stream there now called Dour. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Dover Spelling Variations


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Dover Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dover are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dover include: Dover, Dovar, Dovir and others.

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Dover Early History


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Dover Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dover research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1575 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Dover History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dover Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dover Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dover or a variant listed above:

Dover Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Dover who settled in Nantasket in 1630
  • Pm Dover, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Timothy Dover, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Timo Dover, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • Edward Dover, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dover Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Dover, who settled in New England in 1764

Dover Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Dover, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1823
  • Patrick Dover, who landed in Mississippi in 1855

Dover Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Max Dover, who landed in Mississippi in 1900

Dover Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dover, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • William Dover arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Mary Dover arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • Samuel Dover, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dover (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dover (post 1700)



  • Robert Dover, American equestrian rider
  • Thomas Dover (1660-1742), English physician
  • John Dover (1824-1881), British Instrument Maker
  • Densmore Ronald Dover (b. 1938), British politician, member of the U.K. Parliament for Chorley (1979-1997)
  • Sir Kenneth James Dover (b. 1920), British academic, Professor of Greek Literature, Chancellor of the University of St Andrews (1981-2005)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Dover Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dover 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.

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