Dov Name Meaning & Origin

Dov

Pronunciation: DUHV (key)

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Meanings and history of the name Dov

Dov is a variation for the Hebrew for Bear. At least since the first decade of the 18th century, animal names which had not been used as given names in Biblical times (most of them being the names of large predators) are evident among the East European Yiddish-speaking Jewish communities.

Typically, bi-lingual names were used, the animal name appearing first in Hebrew (the Holy Language for these communities), often as companion name to the name of one of the Twelve Tribes, followed by the corresponding name (that is, having the same meaning) in Yiddish (the vernacular of daily life). Issachar is rendered as Baer / Ber which is translated back into Dov.

Famous real-life people named Dov

Dov Charney, infamous founder of the clothing chain, American Apparel

Dov in song, story & screen

Dov Landau, fictional character in Leon Uris' novel, "Exodus."
Dov Epstein, character in the TV show Rookie Blue.

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