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Dov is a strong baby name that represents the ruggedness you want your child to have. It translates to “bear” in the Hebrew language, and once actually referred to the animal. In modern times, Dov is a top 3,300 name.

Meaning of the name Dov:

Hebrew: bear

Origin of the name Dov:

Dov originated during Biblical times as an animal name. John mentioned the word in the New Testament when referencing his vision, and the Old Testament is full of “Dov” in regards to referencing the wildlife. The word translates to “bear” in the ancient Hebrew language.

Symbolism of the name Dov:

Dov means “bear” in Hebrew. It did not become a first name until many centuries later. In the Bible, it only referenced the animal itself.

Style of the name Dov:

Classical

Gender of the name Dov:

Dov is a rare name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Dov:

DOV

Number of syllables in the name Dov:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Dov:

Dov is a strong name even though it is simple. It is serious and mature.

Alternative spellings for the name Dov:

  • Dovv
  • Dovh
  • Dovvh

Nicknames for the name Dov:

  • Do
  • Dodo
  • Bear
  • Dovie
  • Dovi
  • Dovy

Popularity of the name Dov:

Dov is not a top 1,000 baby name in America. It has no history on the Social Security Popularity Index. As of 2021, Dov is a top 3,300 option, however, at rank 3,288.

Related names for the name Dov:

Great middle names for Dov and their meanings:

  • Jesse (God's gift)
  • Jordan (to flow down, to descend)
  • Benjamin (son of the right hand)
  • Raphael (God has healed)
  • Jerrod (rules by the spear)
  • Jeriel (God has seen)
  • Melvin (gentle Lord)
  • Heron (hero)

Famous people with the name Dov:

  • Dov Charney (CEO of American Apparel)
  • Dov Davidoff (comedian)
  • Dov Tiefenbach (actor, “Poor Boy”)
  • Dov Khenin (politician in Israel)
  • Dov Rosofsky (boxer)

Dovs in popular culture:

  • Dov Epstein (character from “Rookie Blue”)