Jane Doe victim?
why is this the name for an unidentified body?
- reallypabloLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Tradition. Origins are murky, but the John/Jane Doe and Richard/Jane Roe names seem to originate in 14th century legal explanations, similar to the names "Whiteacre" and "Blackacre" when discussing hypothetical properties and property rights.
Note that John/Jane Doe and Richard/Jane Roe are also used when a plaintiff or defendant's real name is not used in a legal proceeding, such as Roe v. Wade. This use of the names seems to pre-date the use for unidentified corpses.