The name of town of Dover and that of the
same origin. The Ancient British word dubra
This name was taken up by the Romans
who called their settlement Dubris
. By AD 696 the name
was recorded as Dofras
and about AD 1000 it was Doferum
About 1040 the land surrounding the river is described as
: marshy land (broc
- Old English)
belonging to the Doferware
, or people of Dover.
The town and river seem to have shared the name at one time
and developed separate identities as the names have changed
over the centuries. The river Dour
is first recorded in its present form in 1577. In 1610 the
town of Dover is recorded as Douer
and passed through
other various spellings such as Dovor
before settling down to its present spelling in the 19th century.
Other place name origins in Dover:
Buckland - Land granted by deed or charter - Old English
Charlton - The farmstead of the churls (peasants) - Old
English ceorla tun.
Crabble - Crab hole, a hole in which crabs are found - Old
English crabba hol.
Kearsney - A place where cress grows - Old French cressonniere.