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What does Dawson mean?

Dawson Pronunciation of Dawson 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, medieval, surname


VARIANTS Daw, Dawe, Dawes




Dawson Layne (D.L.), ..

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)

Dawson reached its top rank of #136 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #217. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2016)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dawson name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent variation form of Dawson (#217 FROM RECENT DATA) is David (#19). Adoption of these relations of Dawson was common among parents 56 years ago (ADOPTION OF 3.81%) and has become significantly lower since (ADOPTION 0.68%, DOWN 82%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dawson, David in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dawson, David outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dawson is pronounced similarly to Dasean, Dayson, Dowson and Dyson. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Babson, Carson, Cason, Dacian, Daemon, Dagan, Dagen, Dagon, Daimon, Dajohn, Dajon, Dajuan, Dallon, Dalon, Dalton, Dameon, Damion, Damon, Damyon, Danon, Danton, Daquan, Darion, Daron, Darron, Darton, Darwon (see Darwin), Dashonn (see Da-), Daveon, Davion, Davison, Davon, Davyon, Daxton, Daylon, Daymon, Dayton, Deacon, Deecon, Deekon, Dejon, Deshon, Dickson, Dixon, Dotson, Garson, Hanson, Hewson, Jacson, Jaison, Jakson, Janson, Jason, Jaxson, Jayson, Karson, Kason, Larson, Lawson, Lawton, Mason, Masson, Maxson, Parson, Rawson, Samson, Sanson, Tamson, Tanson, Tayson and Watson. These names tend to be more commonly used than Dawson.

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