Last name: DOWD

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DOWD : This last name is indexed 59,772 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

DOWD : 1: Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhda ‘descendant of Dubhda’ a byname derived from dubh ‘dark black’. The family were chieftains in Sligo and Mayo. The surname in northern England seems to have come from the Isle of Man.2: English: from the Middle English personal name Doude perhaps a side-form of either Dodde (see Dodd and compare Dowding) or of Daude a pet form of Ralph (see Dawson and Dowson). A nickname from Middle English doude ‘shabby unattractive woman’ is formally also possible but seems unlikely to have become a hereditary surname.

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