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The name John Doe or Jane Doe, popularly used as place holder name when the identity of an individual (often a corpse) in American, in fact originates from a legal case during the reign of Richard III
There was a legal debate 0ver the Act Of Enablement. The debate involved a hypothetical landowner John Doe and the man he leased his land to, Richard Roe, who then took the land as his own.
These names had no particular significance other than perhaps that a Doe is a female deer and that Roe is another species of deer.
The case would become a landmark in legal history and the names became commonly used as a generic standin for a person unknown.
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