D names, Elements, Female, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water


Dover comes from an English surname, a locational name for someone who came from any place called Dover. An ancient place name recorded as Dubris, Dofras, and Doferum, the meaning behind the name is uncertain. The name comes from Latin Portus Dubrus meaning “Port Dubris”; Dubris could be derived from a Celtic origin, dubra meaning “water” though it’s also possible that it may be derived from Old English ofer meaning “border, edge (specifically a shore or riverbank”; combined with the Latin prefix duo- (two) so essentially the name would mean “double riverbank” or “double banks”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



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