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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.


Variations

Dawn has 14 variants: Adawna, Dawna, Dawne, Dawnelle, Dawnetta, Dawnette, Dawnielle, Dawnika, Dawnita, Dawnyelle, Dawnysia, Dowan, Duwan and Dwan.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Keiba.

Dawn has 7 more related forms via Aurora: Aurea, Aurore, Ora, Rora, Rory, Zora and Zorica.


Popularity

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dawn name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dawn outside U.S.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aurea, Aurora, Aurore, Dawn, Dawna, Ora, Rory, Zora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Aurora outside U.S.


Similar Names

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.

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