? asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Does the name "Jane Doe" have some significant meaning?

I typed in Jane Doe on google cause there is this girl who was found today in Times Square and police think her name is Jane Doe. I google "jane Doe" on images and what do i get? Scary looking people in every picture. Not to be mean. But in every single picture has something scary in it! Im freaked out plz help!

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    The name "John Doe" is used as a placeholder name for a male party in a legal action, case or discussion whose true identity is unknown or must be withheld for legal reasons. The name is also used to refer to a male corpse or hospital patient whose identity is unknown. This practice is widely used in the United States and Canada, but is rare in other English-speaking countries (including the United Kingdom itself, from where it probably originates – see "Origin" below). In the United States, the term John Doe is sometimes used to refer to a generic male. On various forms, the first name listed is often John Doe, along with a fictional address or other fictional information, to provide an example of how to fill out the form.

    The female equivalent is Jane Doe, whilst a child or baby whose identity is unknown may be referred to as Baby Doe (or, in one particular case only, as Precious Doe). Additional persons may be called James Doe, Judy Doe, etc. However, to avoid possible confusion, if two anonymous or unknown parties are cited in a specific case or action, the surnames Doe and Roe may be used simultaneously – for example, "John Doe v. Jane Roe". Other variations are John Stiles and Richard Miles, now rarely used, and Mary Major, which has been used in some American federal cases.

    The Doe names are often, though not always, used for anonymous or unknown defendants (but see "origin" below). Another set of names often used for anonymous parties, particularly plaintiffs, are Richard Roe for males and Jane Roe for females (as in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision Roe v. Wade).

    Even outside specific legal and medical contexts, the name John Doe is often used in general discourse and popular culture to refer to an unknown or "typical" person. A famous example is the Frank Capra film Meet John Doe. In this context its use is very similar to that of John Q. Public or Joe Public.

    In Spanish, the use Jaun Perez and Jaunita Perez in the same way.

  • 1 decade ago

    Jane Doe is merely the female version of the male John Doe--usually someone whose body is found and can't be identified by local authorities (as in the pictures you mentioned on Google); a female whose real name is not known, etc. It is meant to be a universal name for someone no one knows, or who wants to stay anonymous.

    While http://www.howmanyofme.com/ says there are 384,686 women in the US named Jane, and 13,235 with the last name Doe, there are ONLY 17 people in the U.S. ACTUALLY named Jane Doe.

    So, while those pictures look scary, there is no need for you to freak out. Sometimes, when people run away, etc. they don't carry necessary identification with them in case they are found later on. The police need some sort of name to put in their reports, etc. so "Jane Doe" (in quotes) is written down.

  • nora
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    The tremendous power of creation make that name highly significant, who else can cause the sun to warn the entire earth at 93 million miles away, the moon and the stars to light the earth at night, all of this is hanging in the sky upon nothing, should I speak of our vital signs in the body, every thing that God has made has a name, everything that man has made have a name, Man give more credit to man for the small accomplishments that pail in comparison. What is in a name?

  • 1 decade ago

    "Jane Doe" and "John Doe" are names given to people the police cannot identify. If they are calling her Jane Doe, that means they do not know who she is. It allows them to refer to the case while discussing it, until they find out her real name.

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