Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Dodo m. This can be a hypocoristic of any of various names beginning with Do-, formed by reduplication; a hypocoristic of names beginning with Dod-, of uncertain origin, possibly either Old High German toto 'sponsor, godparent' or Old High German *dodh 'judgement'; or, in some rare cases, Hebrew דּוֹדוֹ from Hebrew דּוֹד 'beloved'.

The Hebrew name was the name of a two, possibly three, obscure Old Testatment characters. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Dodan, Thola.

814 Dodo (nom) StVdM-II A4; c823 Dodo (nom) irminon-vol2 14, Gaugiacum; 1060 Dodo (nom) StVdM-II 730; 1079x1101 Dodo (nom) CartStPC IX; 1094 Dodonis (gen) StVdM-II 686; 1101x1129 Dodo (nom) CartStPC XXIII; 1135 Dodo (nom) clairvaux-12thc 7; 1138x1162 Dodonis (gen) ibid. 66; 1147 Dodo (nom) ibid. 18, Dodone (abl) ibid. 18, Dodonis (gen) ibid. 18; 1147x1158 Dodo (nom) ibid. 35; 1163–64 Dodo (nom) ibid. 115; 1164 Dodo (nom) ibid. 121; 1166 Dodone (abl) ibid. 129, Dodonis (gen) ibid. 129; 1179 Dodo (nom) ibid. 176
c823 Dodinus (nom) irminon-vol2 67
822x875 Dodo (abl) TradCorb §31; 1108 Dodo (nom) quix-vol1 85
896 Dodo (nom) CDCB-XV MMXX
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Dodo". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Dodo.