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Re: Surname Dow-origins
Posted by: Iain Dow Date: August 16, 1999 at 10:31:20
In Reply to: Surname Dow-origins by Edith Tippett of 2064

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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