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What does Dawson mean?

Dawson /daw-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.

Associated with: old english, medieval, surname.


Dawson has 3 variants: Daw, Dawe and Dawes.

Affiliated boy name: David.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dawbon, Deson, ..

(female) Dawsonah, Dawsonne, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Dawson for boys. Dawson reached its top rank of #136 in the U.S. in 1999, and is presently at #320. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 from recent data) is David (#18 from recent data). Adoption of these relations of Dawson was common among parents 54 years ago (adoption of 3.81%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.69%, 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 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.