John & Jane Doe....The background behind the famously used names..?

does anyone know where these names first originated and why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The name was used at least as far back as 1659, in England "To prosecute the suit, to witt John Doe And Richard Roe" and perhaps as early as the reign of England's King Edward III.

    The Oxford English Dictionary states that John Doe is "the name given to the fictitious lessee of the plaintiff, in the (now obsolete) mixed action of ejectment, the fictitious defendant being called Richard Roe"

    Since its original use in 1659, John Doe has been used to describe unknown men and has been used frequently in popular culture.

    As for Jane Doe, all I could find was that the names don't have any particular relevance, other than the fact that a doe is a female deer,

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