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Meaning and Name Origin

Dawson \da(w)-son\ 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.


Dawson has 3 variants: Daw, Dawe and Dawes.

For more information, see also the related boy name David.


Dawson is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#307 out of 88799, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

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) ranked in the Top 1000 is David (#18 last year). Adoption of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1999 and has become significantly lower since. Dawson (#320) is the most contemporarily stylish boy name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of David, Dawson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dawson is pronounced similarly to Dayson, Dowson and Dyson. Other suggested similar baby names are Dagon, Dajon, Lawson and Rawson. Like Dawson, these names are not commonly used.