Where was Duwe?

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I am working on the family name Duwe.   As I go back, it starts to morph into Von Duwe.   Now the web experts say the name origin is German for "dove" meaning peaceful people, but I say, nah, there is/was a place named Duwe or something similar.   The people I am looking at are found in Pomerania, in Naugard in Luttkenhagen.    Any idea where Duwe would have been or what it's name was?   How about what Duwe would be in Polish?
asked in Genealogy Help by Wendy Fromme G2G6 Mach 2 (21.5k points)

This website provides some information https://www.sggee.org/pipermail/ger-poland-volhynia/2007-November/007393.html , but I’m not sure if it is helpful.

Yeah, I found that already.  Have been through that "it's from France" rumor. I think different names are getting conflated.  I think the origin of the name I am looking for is further northeast if anything.  Latvia, Estonia, that general direction.

And I don't think the "deaf" or the "dove" is working as an explanation.  I really think it was FROM this mysterious little place probably in a deep northeastern European forest called Duwe...
"Von" indicates some geographical feature if it's sufficiently old. That can be a city, hamlet, creek, hill, ... anything really. And it can be some hyper-local name that is long forgotten.

For newer names, it was sometimes prepended to the existing name (whatever it meant or came from) when elevated to nobility. (eg. Carl von Opel, who was just Carl Opel until the nobility thing happened in 1918: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_von_Opel)

As for locations, there's https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duvensee ("Lake Duve", coming from Taube, dove). It's further west, but Duve/Duwe seems to be particularly popular in the northern parts of what is or was Germany.
Excellent candidate for the origin of the name!  Thank you Patrick!

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https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/duwe

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Duwe Name Meaning from Ancestry 

North German: from Middle Low German duve ‘dove’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who bred or sold doves, or perhaps a nickname for a gentle person. Eastern German, Sorbian: variant of Dube.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

http://www.namespedia.com/details/Duwe

https://books.google.com/books?id=USVoAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA269&lpg=PA269&dq=duwe+etymology&source=bl&ots=BSf33TL4Ee&sig=qbPWHMywY-kMMzfB8DtjhHlDyXg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiElLyf74zaAhUQXK0KHZ07BOAQ6AEIUjAG#v=onepage&q=duwe%20&f=false

https://www.jewishgen.org/communities/loctown.asp enter it into the seeker. Change the phonetics at the bottom and research

answered by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (459k points)
selected by Wendy Fromme
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SurnameDB.com did not have the surname. Looking it up at familysearch.org between 1500-1600 the first hit was at Nederland, the next few were in Scotland.

Johannes Duwé

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records

baptism:

12 December 1600

Bergen op Zoom, Noord-Brabant, Nederland

father:

Pieter Duwé

mother:

Magdaleene Jans

other:

la Croy, Lenard Hermans, Corn (Cornelis) van Heusden, Neeltken Bolcole, Grietken Jans

  
Nanse Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

30 January 1585

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Gilbt. Duwe

mother:

Margt. Cultis

 
Nanse Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

11 March 1590

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Thomas Duwe

mother:

Isbell Dauidson

 
Jenis Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

6 April 1589

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Thomas Duwe

mother:

Isbell Dauidson

 
Elspaitt Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

13 July 1578

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Thomas Duwe

mother:

Mariore Hunter

 
Johnie Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

12 November 1581

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Gilbtt. Duwe

mother:

Margt. Cultas

 
Patrik Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

13 July 1581

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Thomas Duwe

mother:

Mariore Hunter

 
Patrik Duwe

Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

christening:

7 July 1583

SAINT NICHOLAS, ABERDEEN, ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

father:

Gilbt. Duwe

mother:

Margt. Cultas

 

answered by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
I don't have a connection to Ancestry.com but they may have the surname broken down to specific states in the USA and by county in Scotland, England and Wales.
Thanks Frank.
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I have done a lot of research on my Dew line.  My line leads back to 1500's England. Many different spellings come with this line, including Duwe, Due, Dewe and others.  I have read several places that it was believed that the name originated from "Roman" beginnings; that the name referred to the dark color of their skin.  Apparently they originally had dark hair and dark complexion, like the Itailians.  Possibly over thousands of years, from the beginnings of the Hunter- Gatherers coming up from the Levant and into lower Europe and mixing with the groups already present (before or around the time of populating the british isle, such as the Picts, Franks, Bretagne, etc..), is where the origin comes from?
answered by Ken Wise G2G3 (3.1k points)
Honestly, I think we have multiple origins. I don't think surnames for common people have been carried that long.  The Duwe's I have can be found living in a small Duchy in what is now North Poland as vassels.  It is also common in that area even today from Google searches, a sort of half circle around the northeastern edge of the Baltic.  It IS possible that the name moved England to Poland.  But I think it is more likely we have multiple sources.  It is also apparent to me that the old records we have available have a decided Western European bias.  I have not been able to find early records from most of the Eastern European countries.

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