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Meaning and name origin

Dawn \da-wn\ as a girl's 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.

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

For more information, see also the related girl name Keiba.


Dawn is a very popular first name for females (#105 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19735 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dawn for girls (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dawn and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Aurora, Dawn and Dawna. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aurora, Dawn, Dawna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dawn is also 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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