Family name origins & meanings
- English : from Middle English dole ‘portion of land’ (Old English dāl ‘share’, ‘portion’). The term could denote land within the common field, a boundary mark, or a unit of area; so the name may be of topographic origin or a status name.
- Irish : reduced and altered Anglicized form ofMcDowell. Compare McDole.
- French (Dolé) : nickname for a troubled or anxious person, from Old Frenchdolé, past participle of doler ‘to regret’ (Latindolere ‘to hurt’).