When James Wallace Dow, Sr. was born on 22 March 1855, in Baldwinsville, Onondaga, New York, United States, his father, Hezekiah Richardson Dow, was 45 and his mother, Nancy Elizabeth Farrington, was 30. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Adalade Sears. He lived in Onondaga, New York, United States in 1920 and Van Buren, Onondaga, New York, United States in 1930. He died on 25 February 1944, in Baldwinsville, Onondaga, New York, United States, at the age of 88.
Scottish: nickname from Gaelic dubh ‘black’ (see Duff ).
English: from the Middle English personal name Dow, a rhyming pet form of Row(e), representing a common pronunciation of Rolf, a side form of Ralph. See Rolfe and compare Daw , Dawson , and Dowson . Alternatively, in East Anglia the name may be a variant of Dove .
Americanized form of Dutch Douw: from the personal name Douwe, from Frisian dou ‘pigeon’.