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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dove
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  1. [Zoöl] A pigeon of the genus Columba and various related genera. The species are numerous.
  2. A word of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle."O my dove, . . . let me hear thy voice." [Cant. ii. 14.]
  3. a person advocating peace, compromise or conciliation rather than war or conflict. Opposite of hawk.

Note: ☞ The domestic dove, including the varieties called fantails tumblers carrier pigeons, etc., was derived from the rock pigeon Columba livia) of Europe and Asia; the turtledove of Europe, celebrated for its sweet, plaintive note, is Columba turtur or Turtur vulgaris; the ringdove, the largest of European species, is Columba palumbus; the Carolina dove, or Mourning dove, is Zenaidura macroura; the sea dove is the little auk (Mergulus alle or Alle alle). See Turtledove Ground dove, and Rock pigeon. The dove is a symbol of peace, innocence, gentleness, and affection; also, in art and in the Scriptures, the typical symbol of the Holy Ghost.

Etymology: OE. dove duve douve, AS. dūfe; akin to OS. dūba, D. duif, OHG. tūba, G. taube, Icel. dūfa, Sw. dufva, Dan. due, Goth. dūbō; perh. from the root of E. dive

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of numerous small pigeons
  2. An emblem of peace
  3. Flesh of a pigeon suitable for roasting or braising; flesh of a dove (young squab) may be broiled
  4. A constellation in the southern hemisphere near Puppis and Caelum
  5. Someone who prefers negotiations to armed conflict in the conduct of foreign relations
Wiktionary

From Middle English dove, douve, duve, from Old English *dūfe (“dove, pigeon”), from Proto-Germanic *dūbǭ (“dove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewbʰ- (“to whisk, smoke, be obscure”). Cognate with Scots doo, dow (“dove”), Saterland Frisian Duuwe (“dove”), West Frisian do (“dove”), Dutch duif (“dove, pigeon”), Low German (Low Saxon) Duuv (“dove, pigeon”), German Taube (“dove, pigeon”), Danish due (“dove”), Swedish duva (“dove”), Icelandic dúfa (“dove”), Gothic 𐌳𐌿𐌱𐍉 (dubo).

  1. A pigeon, especially one smaller in size; a bird (often arbitrarily called either a pigeon or a dove or both) of more than 300 species of the family Columbidae.
  2. (politics) A person favouring conciliation and negotiation rather than conflict (as opposed to hawk).
  3. Term of endearment for one regarded as pure and gentle.

A modern dialectal formation of the strong conjugation, by analogy with drivedrove and weavewove.

    dove was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Friulian, Italian, and Norwegian Nynorsk

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    Dové Womé is a soccer player for the Dynamic Togolais, Maranatha FC, Liberty Professionals F.C., Free State Stars F. C., Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., and Togo national football team. Dové was born on June 8th, 1991 in Togo.

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    Dove was born on September 24th, 1949 in New York City.

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    Dove Kull was a social worker. She was most active from 1923 to 1983. Dove was given the name Alice Montgomery on May 17th, 1897 in Perry, Oklahoma. Dove is also known as Alice Montgomery Kull and Dove M. Kull. She died on December 8th, 1991.

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    Dove was born on February 9th, 1837 in Sutton-in-Ashfield. He died on May 21st, 1873.

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    Rita Dove is a writer. Rita was given the name Rita Frances Dove on August 28th, 1952 in Akron, Ohio, U.S.

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    Billie Dove was an actress. She was most prominent from 1918 to 1932. Billie was given the name Bertha Bohny on May 14th, 1903 in New York City, New York, U.S. Billie is also known as Lillian Bohny. She breathed her last breath on December 31st, 1997.

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    Arthur Garfield Dove was an artist in the fields of modernism and abstract art. Arthur was born on August 2nd, 1880 in Canandaigua (city), New York. He died on November 23rd, 1946.

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    Mourning was born in 1888 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She left this life in 1936.

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    Ronnie Dove is a pop music and country music musician. His ongoing career started in 1959. Ronnie was born on September 7th, 1935 in Herndon, Virginia.

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 8 8 0
    1881 7 7 0
    1882 5 5 0
    1884 9 9 0
    1886 7 7 0
    1887 8 8 0
    1888 8 8 0
    1889 6 6 0
    1890 7 7 0
    1891 6 6 0
    1892 15 15 0
    1893 11 11 0
    1894 9 9 0
    1895 11 11 0
    1896 7 7 0
    1897 12 12 0
    1898 12 12 0
    1899 6 6 0
    1900 12 12 0
    1901 11 11 0
    1902 6 6 0
    1903 5 5 0
    1904 9 9 0
    1905 9 9 0
    1907 7 7 0
    1909 6 6 0
    1911 7 7 0
    1912 6 6 0
    1913 10 10 0
    1914 6 6 0
    1915 10 10 0
    1916 6 6 0
    1917 8 8 0
    1918 7 7 0
    1919 7 0 7
    1921 9 9 0
    1922 14 9 5
    1923 11 11 0
    1924 9 9 0
    1926 5 5 0
    1927 8 8 0
    1929 6 6 0
    1932 6 6 0
    1934 5 5 0
    1941 5 5 0
    1943 5 0 5
    1958 6 6 0
    1959 9 9 0
    1960 6 6 0
    1961 11 11 0
    1962 20 15 5
    1963 7 7 0
    1964 8 8 0
    1965 6 6 0
    1966 5 5 0
    1967 7 7 0
    1968 5 5 0
    1969 7 7 0
    1970 9 9 0
    1971 9 9 0
    1972 10 10 0
    1973 7 7 0
    1974 8 8 0
    1975 6 6 0
    1976 7 7 0
    1978 9 9 0
    1979 13 13 0
    1980 6 6 0
    1981 7 7 0
    1983 8 8 0
    1985 7 7 0
    1986 5 5 0
    1987 5 5 0
    1989 6 6 0
    1990 9 9 0
    1991 5 5 0
    1992 11 11 0
    1994 6 6 0
    1995 5 5 0
    1996 7 7 0
    1997 11 11 0
    1998 10 10 0
    1999 6 6 0
    2000 7 7 0
    2001 5 5 0
    2003 8 8 0
    2005 5 5 0
    2006 12 12 0
    2007 8 8 0
    2008 5 5 0
    2009 5 5 0
    2011 8 8 0
    2012 9 9 0
    2013 16 16 0
    2014 20 20 0
    2015 17 17 0
    2016 20 20 0
    2017 26 26 0

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dove U.S.
      White 76.40% 64.26%
      African American 18.34% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.76% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.11% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Dove

    • How Popular is the name Dove? Dove is the 11,880th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dove was the 2,475th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dove have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 829 babies born with the first name Dove in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dove to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dove? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Dove first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dove is Saturday, December 11th, 1869.
    • What year had the most people named Dove born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dove was in 2017 with a total of 26 babies.
    • Random Dove Factoid: According to the 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dove is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 1970.
    • Weird things about the name Dove: Your name in reverse order is Evod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oedv. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dove? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,560 people with the last name Dove.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dove? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Dove as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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