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Origin and Meaning of Doe

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  • A user from Maryland, United States says the name Doe is of Unknown origin and means "Danger".
  • According to a user from Ohio, United States, the name Doe is of English origin and means "Doe, a deer, a female deer".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Doe
A female deer or antelope; specifically, the female of the fallow deer, of which the male is called a buck. Also applied to the female of other animals, as the rabbit. See the Note under Buck.

Etymology: AS. ; cf. Dan. daa daa-dyr, deer, and perh. L. dama. √66

noun Doe
A feat. (Obs) See Do (n.)
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Mature female of mammals of which the male is called `buck'
  2. The federal department responsible for maintaining a national energy policy of the United States; created in 1977

From Middle English do, from Old English (“female deer”), from Proto-Germanic *dajjǭ (“female deer, mother deer”), from Proto-Germanic *dajjaną (“to suckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁(y)- (“to suck (milk), to suckle”). Cognate with Scots da, dae (“female deer”), Alemannic German (“doe”), Danish (“deer, doe”), Sanskrit धेनु (dhenú, “cow, milk-cow”), Old English dēon (“to suckle”), Old English delu (“teat”). Related also to fellatio, filial, fetus.

  1. A female deer; also used of similar animals such as reindeer, antelope,(less commonly goat as nanny is also used).
  2. A female rabbit.
  3. A female hare.
  4. A female squirrel.
  5. A female kangaroo.

    doe was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Limburgish, Middle Dutch, Portuguese, Welsh, and West Frisian

    Notable Persons Named Doe

    Doe B was a hip hop music rapping. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 2010 to 2013. Doe was given the name Glenn Thomas on June 13th, 1991 in Montgomery, Alabama, United States. Doe is also known as Thomas and Glenn (birth name). He passed away on December 28th, 2013.


    Doe Avedon was a model, actress, and model (people). Doe was given the name Dorcas Marie Nowell on April 7th, 1925 in Old Westbury, New York, U.S. Doe is also known as Betty Harper, Doe Avedon Siegel, Nowell, Dorcas Marie; Harper, Betty; Avedon Siegel, and Doe. She passed away on December 23rd, 2011.


    Doe Paoro is an indie pop, alternative dance, alternative r&b, and soul music musician. She was most active from 2011 to 2011. Doe was given the name Sonia Kreitzer on September 19th, 1984 in Syracuse, New York, United States.


    Doe Ching was a film director and screenwriter. He was most prominent from 1944 to 1969. Doe was born in 1915 in Yunnan. He passed away on May 16th, 1969.


    Doe Boyland is a baseball player. Doe was born on January 6th, 1955 in Chicago.


    Doe Sackie Teah is an athlete for the Chin United F.C.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Doe

    Samuel K. Doe was a President of Liberia. His career lasted from 1980 to 1990. Samuel was born on May 6th, 1951 in Tuzon. He left this life on September 9th, 1990.


    John Doe is a roots rock, alternative country, folk music, and punk rock musician. John was given the name John Nommensen Duchac on February 25th, 1954 in Decatur, Illinois.


    Walker was born in 1960. She passed away on November 1st, 1980.


    Princess was born in 1962. She breathed her last breath in 1982.


    Kelvin Doe is an inventor and radio dj. Kelvin was born on October 26th, 1996 in Freetown. Kelvin is also known as DJ Focus.


    Lindsey was born on November 24th, 1981.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Doe U.S.
      White 54.91% 64.26%
      African American 29.90% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.92% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 8.49% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Doe

    People with the last name Doe are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Doe

    • How Popular is the name Doe? Doe is the 56,897th most popular name of all time. As a last name Doe was the 4,972nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Doe have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 27 babies born with the first name Doe in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Doe? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1955 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Doe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Doe is Thursday, April 15th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Doe born? The highest recorded use of the first name Doe was in 1955 with a total of 9 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Doe: Your name in reverse order is Eod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oed. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Doe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,066 people with the last name Doe.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Doe? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Doe as their last name.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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