Albs asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 8 years ago

Explain the origin of Jane Doe?

Why do police call uidentified bodies Jane Doe and John Doe?


Why though? Why not Bob or something else?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Jane Doe is the female version of John Doe. Now John Does is used to name a party whose true identity is unknown.

    The name was used in the English legal system to satisfy technical requirements about jurisdiction. It became obsolete in the UK and is now used mainly in the USA and Canada. In the UK it was used to name a fictitious plaintiff. Now it's used to name an unknown corpse.

    Try a good dictionary (NOT an online one!). They should have a good explanation.


  • granny
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    1312 in England to fill out legal papers when the name of the person was unknown

    Jane, and John were and are very common names, Doe was also a common surname.

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