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What does Dow mean?

Dow /dow/ as a boys' name is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Dow is "dark-haired".

Associated with: irish, dark


Dow has 3 variants: Dowan, Dowe and Dowson.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Darow, Dowin, ..

(female) Da, Dowa, ..

How popular is Dow?

Dow is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2278 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Dow for boys. Dow reached its peak rank of #985 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dow name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dow outside U.S.

Similar Names


Dow is alike in pronunciation to Da-, Dai, Daw, Dawe, Day, Daye, De-, Dee, Dewey, Dewi and Dewie. Other suggested similar names are Bow, Dod, Dom, Don, Dor, Dov, How and Row. These names tend to be more frequently used than Dow.