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Dawson Name Meaning

English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Dawe’ from the Middle English personal name Daw(e) (see Daw 1 and ) which is sometimes a pet form of David (see 2 below) but more generally of Rauf or Raw (i.e. Ralph ) of which Daw(e) is a rhyming form. Alternatively the patronymic could mean ‘son of Daud(e)’ another Middle English pet form of Ralph evidently used interchangeably with Dawe. Dawson is one of the most numerous patronymics. Scottish: patronymic ‘son of Dawe’. In Scotland Dawe is a diminutive of David (compare 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Danson, Dowson, Pawson, Lawson, Rawson, Daws, Watson, Davison, Hanson

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Where is the Dawson family from?

You can see how Dawson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dawson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dawson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 7,180 Dawson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 24% of all the recorded Dawson's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Dawson families in 1891.
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What did your Dawson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dawson. 6% of Dawson men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Dawson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dawson were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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*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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 110,000 immigration records available for the last name Dawson. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 112,000 military records available for the last name Dawson. For the veterans among your Dawson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dawson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dawson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Dawson in 1941 was 27, and 73 in 2004.

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