Sharareh Drury
Updated September 23, 2017
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Dove Cameron revealed on Thursday why she goes by the name Dove, and not her birth name Chloe. A fan on Twitter asked her, “How did you come up with the name Dove?” and her answer may require a few tissues. Actually, a whole tissue box.

Dove Cameron, who rose to fame playing twins on the Disney Channel series Liv and Maddie, as well as the Descendants, lost her father five years ago. Just last year, Dove Cameron shared a tribute to her father, Philip Alan Hosterman, on the anniversary of his death. In the Instagram post, she called him “the most beautiful man I have ever known, and my best friend.”

With that close a connection to her late father, it’s no surprise Dove would do what she could to keep his memory alive.

Cameron explained to her fans, and all of us, that the reason she changed her name to Dove is because it was her father’s nickname for her. (Time to get those tissues!)

People were both saddened and touched by the way Dove has let her father live on through her name.


The tweet above touches on something pretty powerful, that as Cameron has taken on her father’s nickname, his memory and love live on.

Cameron mentioned this sentiment in her tribute from last year, saying that through the years, she and her sister Claire feel that their father has stayed close.

It truly is beautiful and bittersweet how Dove Cameron has taken the loss of her father and found a way to make his loving memory, and name for her, live on.