What does Dawn mean?
Dawn \da-wn\ as a girls' name is pronounced dornn. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dawn is "the first appearance of light, daybreak". Modern use of the word for a name. The Latin term Aurora dates back about 1500 years, but Dawn first appeared in the late 1920s. Opera singer Dawn Upshaw; comedienne Dawn French; basketball player Dawn Staley.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Keiba.
Dawn is a very popular first name for women (#105 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#19079 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Dawn for girls. Dawn entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its highest position of #27 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Aurora (#116 last year), Rory (#840), Zora, Ora, Aurore, Aurea and Dawna are the popular related forms of Dawn. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3123%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1305%, down 58.2%), with the forms Aurea, Dawn, Ora and Zora becoming less fashionable. Aurora (#116) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name among these, and there is also a rebound in baby name usage for this name. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Dawn and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Dawn▼ is pronounced similarly to Dagne, Dane, Danne, Dayne, Deann▼, Deon, Dian▼, Diann▼, Dion, Dyan and Dyann. Other suggested similar baby names are Daena, Dahna, Daina, Dama, Dana▼, Dani, Danna, Danni, Danny, Dany, Dayna▼ and Fawn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dawn.