Dove is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.
… it’s a special occasion. That’s because the name Dove is quite rare in the US. While it’s still a name in use, lately, only approximately 2 out of 100,000 girls have been named Dove. In the SmartGenius ranking, Dove is #4,438 on the list of most common girls names. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Dove.
The first name Dove is a true rarity among all women and girls currently living in the United States – only 52 Americans in total bear this name. And these 52 women are located in only five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas (it should be noted that the official statistics provide the data per state only if there are at least 5 women with this name in the state. So, if your name is Dove and you live outside the states marked on the map, please let us know so we can improve our statistics). The state with the most girls and women named Dove in relation to it’s female population is California. And yet even there, only one in 641,175 women would raise her hand if you asked, who is called Dove.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter D is quite common as an initial letter for girls' names. To be precise, 5.6% of all girls' names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M.
With four letters, the name Dove is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Therefore: As 5.6% of all girls' names start with D, this initial letter occurs much more often than all 26 letters on average. And maybe interesting to know: of all the names that begin with a D, Dorothy is the most common.
If your name is Dove and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Dove, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Dove sounds like this: