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Meaning and Origin

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  1. The capital of the state of Delaware

From Old English Dofras, from Latin Dubris, from Brythonic Dubras (“the waters”), from Proto-Celtic *dubros (“water”). Compare Tauber.

  1. A major port in Kent, England, the closest point to France.
  2. The capital city of the state of Delaware in the United States of America.
  3. A city in Ohio.
  4. A surname​.

Dover was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Dover

Dover Kosashvili is a film director and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Dover was born on December 8th, 1966 in Oni, Georgia.


Dover Samuels is a member of parliament. Dover was born on July 9th, 1939.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dover

Eric Dover is a pop rock and hard rock musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to 1993. Eric was born on January 19th, 1967.


Robert was born on June 7th, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


Richard of Dover was a christian bishop. He died on February 16th, 1184.


1st was born in 1580. He passed away in 1666.


Cindy was born on May 16th, 1954.


Densmore Ronald Dover is a for North West England, Member of Parliament for Chorley, Member of the European Parliament, forNorth West England, and Member of ParliamentforChorley. Densmore was born on April 4th, 1938 in Stockton Heath.


Where is the name Dover popular?

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Popularity of Dover as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dover U.S.
  White 83.32% 64.26%
  African American 11.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dover

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

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Fun Facts about the name Dover

  • How Popular is the name Dover? Dover is the 32,265th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dover was the 3,651st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dover have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 135 babies born with the first name Dover in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dover to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dover? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dover first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dover is Monday, September 30th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Dover born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dover was in 1922 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Dover Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dover is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 6 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Dover: Your name in reverse order is Revod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Doevr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dover? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,742 people with the last name Dover.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dover? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Dover as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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