What does Dawson mean?
Dawson /daw-son/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced DAW-sun. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dawson is "son of David". A form of the medieval surname.
Affiliated boy name: David.Kreatif forms: Dason, Deusson, Dewson. [more]
How popular is Dawson?
Dawson is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#355 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Dawson for boys. Dawson was first listed in 1994 and reached its top rank of #136 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #320. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dawson and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Dawson (#320 last year) is David (#18 last year). Adoption of these boy names reached its highest in 1999 (usage of 0.924%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.831%, down 10.1%). Dawson (#320) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name in this compilation. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)