Jane Doe

What does Jane Doe mean?

Placeholder name for an unknown woman

Jane Doe is a name often used by legal court and law enforcement officials to refer to an unknown woman. Typically, they use it when they do not know her identity or to purposely conceal it.

The Jane Doe name was coined as the female variation of John Doe. It was birthed from the use of placeholder names used in British courts in the 1800s.

Nowadays, you will primarily see Jane Doe used in crime-based shows and movies. Or if you are unlucky, you might actually hear and see it used in real life in court or the police station. You might also see or hear it used in real life or on social media when referring to a nondescript, average woman.


I bet you that I can get that Jane Doe's digits by the end of the night
You're on

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Updated December 23, 2021

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