where did the name john doe come from?

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    John Doe had its beginnings in legal use. From the 15th century to the 19th, John Doe was, in England, a legal fiction standing specifically for the plaintiff in a dispute over title to real property. Richard Roe was the name given to the defendant. In order to avoid dealing with the rigid restrictions legally imposed on such matters in English common law, someone who wanted to regain possession of land from which he had unjustly been evicted would bring a different kind of action--an "ejectment" suit--in the name of John Doe, his fictional tenant.

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