English: from Middle English dole ‘portion of land’ (Old English dal ‘share’, ‘portion’). The term could denote land within the common field, a boundary mark, or a unit of area; so the name may be of topographic origin or a status name.
Irish: reduced and altered Anglicized form of McDowell
. Compare McDole
. French (Dolé
): nickname for a troubled or anxious person, from Old French dolé, past participle of doler ‘to regret’ (Latin dolere ‘to hurt’).
Most notable people with this surname would be:
Bob Dole (1927) the former US Senator.
James Dole (1877-1958), the owner of the Dole corporation and planter of pineapples in Hawaii.
Sanford Dole (1844-1926), first governor of Hawaii