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Dawn

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290k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Dawn mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Dawn

"Dawn" is a name of English origin, and it means "Sunrise". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Dawn
Senses
  1. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns. "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene . . . to see the sepulcher." [Matt. xxviii. 1.]
  2. To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand."In dawningyouth." [Dryden.]"When life awakes, and dawns at every line." [Pope.]" Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid." [Heber,]

Etymology: OE. dawnen dawen dagen daien, AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. dæg day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See Day. √71

noun Dawn
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  1. The break of day; the first appearance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise."And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve." [Thomson.]"No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon, No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day." [Hood.]
  2. First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise."The dawnof time." [Thomson.]"These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of serenity over the soul." [Pope.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The earliest period ("the dawn of civilization")
  2. The first light of day ("we got up before dawn")
  3. An opening time period ("it was the dawn of the Roman Empire")
  4. Become light ("It started to dawn, and we had to get up")
  5. Become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions ("It dawned on him that she had betrayed him")
  6. Appear or develop ("The age of computers had dawned")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name sometimes given to a girl born at that time of day.

Notable Persons Named Dawn

Dawn Wells is a film and television actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1961 to present. Dawn was given the name Dawn Elberta Wells on October 18th, 1938 in Reno, Nevada, U.S.

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Dawn French is an actress, comedian, and writer. She was most active from 1981 to present. Dawn was given the name Dawn Roma French on October 11th, 1957 in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales.

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Dawn Staley is a basketball player for the Philadelphia Rage, Charlotte Sting, and Houston Comets in the Southeastern Conference. Her career lasted from 1996 to 2006. Dawn was born on May 4th, 1970 in Philadelphia.

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Dawn O'Porter is a presenter, journalist, writer, and television presenter. Dawn was given the name Dawn Porter on January 23rd, 1979 in Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire.

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Sheree North was an actress, singer, dancer, actor, singing, and dance. She was most active from 1951 to 1998. Sheree was given the name Dawn Shirley Crang on January 17th, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She breathed her last breath on November 4th, 2005.

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Dawn Tinsley is a fictional character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dawn

Nataly Dawn is a pop, pop-rock, blues rock, blue eyed soul, vocal jazz, indie pop, indie folk, pop rock, and blue-eyed soul musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2008. Nataly was born on October 29th, 1986 in Sacramento, California, United States. Nataly is also known as Knutsen and Natalie Dawn.

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Elizabeth Dawn is an actress. Elizabeth was given the name Sylvia Butterfield on November 8th, 1939 in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.

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Misti was born on February 11th, 1986 in Henderson, KY, USA.

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Marpessa Dawn was an actress, singer, and dancer. Marpessa was born on January 3rd, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Marpessa is also known as Gypsy Marpessa Dawn Menor. She left this life on August 25th, 2008.

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Manitou Dawn is a comics character.

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How popular is the baby name Dawn in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1888 5 5 0
1890 7 7 0
1892 7 7 0
1894 5 5 0
1896 7 7 0
1904 5 5 0
1905 5 5 0
1906 6 6 0
1907 6 6 0
1908 8 8 0
1910 8 8 0
1911 8 8 0
1912 17 17 0
1913 13 13 0
1914 30 30 0
1915 58 58 0
1916 57 57 0
1917 54 54 0
1918 49 49 0
1919 63 63 0
1920 84 84 0
1921 94 94 0
1922 104 104 0
1923 138 131 7
1924 141 141 0
1925 135 130 5
1926 180 175 5
1927 199 194 5
1928 188 188 0
1929 228 223 5
1930 221 221 0
1931 299 291 8
1932 326 320 6
1933 312 306 6
1934 295 288 7
1935 399 399 0
1936 511 511 0
1937 464 456 8
1938 480 471 9
1939 468 468 0
1940 436 427 9
1941 537 530 7
1942 680 674 6
1943 770 765 5
1944 654 654 0
1945 750 745 5
1946 1,040 1,040 0
1947 1,275 1,269 6
1948 1,241 1,241 0
1949 1,286 1,286 0
1950 1,412 1,412 0
1951 1,539 1,533 6
1952 1,891 1,885 6
1953 2,647 2,639 8
1954 3,364 3,354 10
1955 4,225 4,216 9
1956 5,139 5,127 12 #92 girl name
1957 5,170 5,159 11 #93 girl name
1958 5,701 5,676 25 #84 girl name
1959 7,922 7,897 25 #54 girl name
1960 7,837 7,814 23 #57 girl name
1961 9,170 9,148 22 #49 girl name
1962 9,004 8,982 22 #50 girl name
1963 8,444 8,419 25 #52 girl name
1964 12,652 12,615 37 #33 girl name
1965 13,367 13,336 31 #26 girl name
1966 13,634 13,603 31 #24 girl name
1967 13,209 13,166 43 #27 girl name
1968 13,468 13,439 29 #21 girl name
1969 13,821 13,770 51 #21 girl name
1970 15,724 15,681 43 #16 girl name
1971 14,320 14,280 40 #14 girl name
1972 11,383 11,341 42 #20 girl name
1973 9,929 9,890 39 #21 girl name
1974 9,454 9,418 36 #22 girl name
1975 8,800 8,746 54 #23 girl name
1976 7,072 7,050 22 #35 girl name
1977 6,118 6,096 22 #43 girl name
1978 5,248 5,217 31 #52 girl name
1979 4,749 4,725 24 #57 girl name
1980 4,495 4,478 17 #67 girl name
1981 3,858 3,838 20 #79 girl name
1982 3,102 3,088 14 #95 girl name
1983 2,658 2,640 18
1984 2,117 2,106 11
1985 1,740 1,731 9
1986 1,463 1,452 11
1987 1,161 1,153 8
1988 1,062 1,062 0
1989 864 858 6
1990 749 740 9
1991 675 669 6
1992 619 613 6
1993 497 497 0
1994 397 391 6
1995 325 320 5
1996 260 260 0
1997 318 318 0
1998 264 264 0
1999 230 230 0
2000 239 239 0
2001 179 179 0
2002 196 196 0
2003 200 200 0
2004 156 156 0
2005 125 125 0
2006 129 129 0
2007 122 122 0
2008 113 113 0
2009 112 112 0
2010 92 92 0
2011 93 93 0
2012 89 89 0
2013 78 78 0
2014 94 94 0
2015 98 98 0
2016 83 83 0

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Popularity of Dawn as a first name

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Popularity of Dawn as a last name

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Common last names for Dawn

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dawn U.S.
  White 63.41% 64.26%
  African American 24.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dawn

People with the last name Dawn are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dawn

  • How Popular is the name Dawn? Dawn is the 250th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dawn was the 20,309th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dawn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 289,818 babies born with the first name Dawn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dawn to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dawn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dawn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dawn is Monday, March 11th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Dawn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dawn was in 1970 with a total of 15,681 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dawn!
  • Random Dawn Factoid: According to the 1966 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dawn ranks 67th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 78 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1966.
  • Weird things about the name Dawn: Your name in reverse order is Nwad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nadw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dawn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,309 people with the last name Dawn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dawn? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dawn as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.