History of your Surname
Get access to Daw family records.Start a free trial

Daw Family History

Daw Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a pet form of David. English: nickname from the jackdaw, Middle English dawe, a bird noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish nature, any of which characteristics could readily have given rise to a nickname. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh, ‘descendant of Deaghadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin. It may be composed of the elements deagh- ‘good’ + ádh ‘luck’, ‘fate’; some such association seems to lie behind its Anglicization as Goodwin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Day, Haw, Maw, Bow, Gaw, Law, Raw, Dow, Yaw, Say

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Daw family from?

You can see how Daw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Daw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Daw families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 318 Daw families living in Devon. This was about 17% of all the recorded Daw's in the UK. Devon had the highest population of Daw families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Daw surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Daw ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Daw. 9% of Daw men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Daw women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Daw were Bricklayer and Housewife.

View Census data for Daw | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    9%
  • Farmer
    8%
  • Agricultural Labourer
    5%
  • Bricklayer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Daw family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Daw. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Daw census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Australian census records for Daw

Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Daw. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Daw immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Daw. For the veterans among your Daw ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Daw military records

You've only scratched the surface of Daw family history.

Discover More

What is the average Daw lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Daw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Daw in 1948 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Daw

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Daw family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial