What does "doe" mean?

People commonly use the term "Jane Doe" or "John Doe." But what does "Doe," alone, mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    John Doe is a name given to someone who cannot be identified. The name itself is intended to be as generic as possible so that it can apply to any unidentified person. John Doe is specifically useful in crime scene investigations, where victims are unknown.

    alone it means

    –noun, plural does, (especially collectively) doe.

    the female of the deer, antelope, goat, rabbit, and certain other animals.

    Origin:

    bef. 1000; ME do, OE dā; c. Dan daa; akin to OE dēon to suck

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  • 3 years ago

    John Doe Meaning

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  • 1 decade ago

    a treasure trove of etymological explanations written by syndicated columnist Evan Morris. Morris, in turn, says he discovered the origin of "John Doe" in a book called What's in a Name?, by Paul Dickson.

    The phrase is older than you might think. "John Doe" dates from the reign of England's King Edward III (1312-1377). A famous legal document from this period labels a hypothetical landowner "John Doe," who leases land to a "Richard Roe," who then claims the land as his own and kicks out poor John.

    The names don't have any particular relevance, other than the fact that a doe is a female deer, while a roe is a smaller species of deer. But the land dispute in question became a famous legal debate, and the names survived their circumstances.

    The online legal dictionary Find Law defines John Doe as a "party to legal proceedings (as a suspect) whose true name is unknown or withheld." The female equivalent is Jane Doe or Mary Major. A second male suspect is dubbed Richard Roe, and subsequent ones are referred to as John Stiles and Richard Miles.

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  • vescio
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    3 years ago

    Define John Doe

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's a female deer. Who knows why it's used for unidentified people.

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  • jimbot
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    1 decade ago

    Doe - a deer, a female deer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Does are female animals... Deer and things like that, also bunnies

    Source(s): FFA
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  • 1 decade ago

    A female deer, but they use it in a name because it is uncommon

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    5 years ago

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    What does "doe" mean?

    People commonly use the term "Jane Doe" or "John Doe." But what does "Doe," alone, mean?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Darnit jimbot you took my answer.

    It is a female deer.

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