Meaning and Origin of Dover - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Dover

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Water

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : habitational name from the port of Dover in Kent, named from the river on which it stands, a Celtic name meaning ‘the waters’ (from the word which became modern Welsh dwfr ‘water’).
  • North German : habitational name from Doveren in the Rhineland, of uncertain etymology; the origin is possibly Celtic and so related ultimately to 1, or a variant of Dove 4.