en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Doe

"John Doe" (for males) and "Jane Doe" (for females) are multiple-use names that are used when the true name of a person is unknown or is being intentionally ...

mentalfloss.com/article/29996/why-are-unidentified-people-called-john-or-jane-doe

The John Doe custom was born out of a strange and long since vanished British legal process called an action of ejectment. Under old English common law, the ...

www.nytimes.com/1995/06/04/magazine/on-language-who-s-john-doe.html

Jun 4, 1995 ... Two of the most often-used names appeared in landlord-tenant disputes: the ... The "average woman" substitutes Jane for Joe or John, but we do not yet ... It's unlikely that the origin is in a real person named John Doe, but the ...

www.quora.com/How-did-the-names-John-Jane-Doe-become-placeholders-for-unknown-and-unidentified-persons

The "John Doe" custom dates back to the reign of England's King Edward III ... How did the names "John/Jane Doe" become placeholders for unknown .... It was simpler for a tenant displaced by another tenant to sue than for a ...

definitions.uslegal.com/j/john-doe

The female equivalent of John is Jane Doe. In U.S, the names John Doe, Jane Doe, Richard Roe, Jane Roe, and Peter Poe is used to identify a party to a lawsuit ...

www.avvo.com/legal-answers/a-property-owned-by-john-doe-and-jane-doe--as-his--1719721.html

A deed that indicates that the property is in the name of "husband and wife" (or words of like import) is usually regarded as creating a tenancy ...

www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/18/messages/12.html

Jan 2, 2003 ... John Doe - the meaning and origin of this phrase. ... suit--in the name of John Doe, his fictional tenant. By bringing the suit in the name of a fictitious person, ... John Doe, Jane Doe, Richard Roe, Jane Roe, or--if need be--Peter ...

www.worldsstrangest.com/mental-floss/why-are-unidentified-people-called-john-or-jane-doe

Feb 15, 2012 ... The John Doe custom was born out of a strange and long since ... fictitious tenant against another fictitious person who had allegedly evicted or ...

www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-joh2.htm

Mar 15, 2003 ... Was there a real original 'John Doe' and what was famous enough about him? ... the expressions John Doe and Jane Doe that American authorities use for ... In order to find whether this imaginary tenant had a right to be in ...