Re: Dow (Doe/Dough) family research
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Agreed that there does not appear to be any connection between "Dow" variants and "Doe/Dough".
But my personal experience is that most persons of English origins, pronounce my surname as "Doe"; and have to be corrected.
(The Welsh are less likely to do so; my lady wife is Welsh)
So this could lead to it being recorded wrongly in censuses and other records.
It is also amazing how frequently it is mis-spelt in letters to me, although my originals have clearly got "Dow" printed on them.
The most frequent is the addition of an "e" at the end; but it never ceases to amaze me how many "variants" people can dream up for such a simple, short name.
So don't be surprised if a "Doe" turns out to be a "Dow"!
Although I have not rigorously checked, it seems to have arisen independently in various parts of Britain, but today is normally considered to be Scottish.
I am aware of a Chinese or oriental gentleman called "Francis Dow", confusingly on the staff of the same establishment as my female cousin "Frances Dow"!
In his case, I suspect that it is an anglicised/westernised pronunciation of "Tao". (The Chinese meanings of "Tao" is very interesting)