Having been brought up in the west highlands of Scotland where our name was pronounced "doo", most local gaelic speakers thought it should be written "dhu" , meaning black.
As the family moved south and west into Perthshire and the lowlands, the pronunciation stayed as "doo"; but in this area a doo was the common or slang word for a pigeon or dove. This was eventually "refined" into Dow ( to rhyme with now etc)
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