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Dawson

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 5 0 5
1887 8 0 8
1888 8 0 8
1889 5 0 5
1890 7 0 7
1891 7 0 7
1898 5 0 5
1900 5 0 5
1901 6 0 6
1904 10 0 10
1905 5 0 5
1907 6 0 6
1909 6 0 6
1910 11 0 11
1911 13 0 13
1912 14 0 14
1913 19 0 19
1914 24 0 24
1915 30 0 30
1916 24 0 24
1917 30 0 30
1918 28 0 28
1919 27 0 27
1920 33 0 33
1921 36 0 36
1922 35 0 35
1923 28 0 28
1924 35 0 35
1925 31 0 31
1926 27 0 27
1927 22 0 22
1928 34 0 34
1929 23 0 23
1930 22 0 22
1931 28 0 28
1932 18 0 18
1933 20 0 20
1934 16 0 16
1935 27 0 27
1936 29 0 29
1937 26 0 26
1938 13 0 13
1939 32 0 32
1940 30 0 30
1941 17 0 17
1942 21 0 21
1943 20 0 20
1944 28 0 28
1945 16 0 16
1946 22 0 22
1947 40 0 40
1948 39 0 39
1949 31 0 31
1950 28 0 28
1951 32 0 32
1952 26 0 26
1953 27 0 27
1954 23 0 23
1955 16 0 16
1956 16 0 16
1957 27 0 27
1958 21 0 21
1959 17 0 17
1960 17 0 17
1961 16 0 16
1962 19 0 19
1963 21 0 21
1964 11 0 11
1965 12 0 12
1966 16 0 16
1967 12 0 12
1968 20 0 20
1969 15 0 15
1970 25 0 25
1971 16 0 16
1972 15 0 15
1973 20 0 20
1974 35 0 35
1975 19 0 19
1976 24 0 24
1977 17 0 17
1978 18 0 18
1979 23 0 23
1980 30 0 30
1981 23 0 23
1982 31 0 31
1983 19 0 19
1984 32 0 32
1985 34 0 34
1986 28 0 28
1987 44 0 44
1988 47 0 47
1989 67 0 67
1990 65 0 65
1991 75 0 75
1992 85 0 85
1993 117 0 117
1994 158 0 158
1995 149 0 149
1996 195 0 195
1997 209 0 209
1998 1,915 20 1,895
1999 2,834 32 2,802
2000 2,349 37 2,312
2001 2,054 24 2,030
2002 1,985 32 1,953
2003 1,832 27 1,805
2004 1,788 25 1,763
2005 1,618 19 1,599
2006 1,576 26 1,550
2007 1,427 20 1,407
2008 1,314 24 1,290
2009 1,178 27 1,151
2010 1,190 23 1,167
2011 1,035 24 1,011
2012 1,066 32 1,034
2013 1,061 32 1,029
2014 1,122 44 1,078
2015 1,641 66 1,575

Fun Facts about the name Dawson

  • How many people with the first name Dawson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,099 babies born with the first name Dawson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dawson to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dawson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dawson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dawson is Monday, July 3rd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Dawson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dawson was in 1999 with a total of 2,802 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dawson!
  • Random Dawson Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dawson ranks 68th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maine. Imagine that, 24 babies in Maine have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Dawson: Your name in reverse order is Noswad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Donsaw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dawson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 83,182 people with the last name Dawson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dawson? Dawson was ranked as the 380th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Dawson as a first name

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Popularity of Dawson as a last name

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Common last names for Dawson

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  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wright
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Carter

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dawson U.S.
  White 68.30% 64.26%
  African American 25.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dawson

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Dawson" mean? The list below shows the origins of Dawson as well as things modernly associated with the name Dawson such as celebrities named Dawson.

English

Origin and Meaning of Dawson

The name "Dawson" is of English origin, and it means "Son of Ralph". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A town in northwestern Canada in the Yukon on the Yukon River; a boom town around 1900 when gold was discovered in the Klondike

From Daw, a Middle English pet form of David +‎ -son.

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A city in Georgia
  3. A village in Illinois
  4. A city in Iowa
  5. A census-designated place in Maryland
  6. A city in Minnesota
  7. A village in Nebraska
  8. A ghost town in New Mexico
  9. A city in North Dakota
  10. A township in Ontario
  11. A borough in Pennsylvania
  12. A town in Texas

Notable Persons With the Name Dawson

Dawson Leery

Dawson Leery is a graduate of capeside high, dropped out of usc, film director, television producer, screenwriter, and university of southern california.

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Dawson

Dawson is a famous person. Dawson was born on June 18th, 1973 in New York.

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Dawson Charlie

Dawson Charlie is a noteworthy human.

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Dawson McAllister

Dawson McAllister is a leading human. Dawson was born in 1946.

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Dawson Simpson

Dawson Simpson is a leading person. Dawson was born on February 17th, 1989.

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Dawson Stelfox

Dawson Stelfox is a famed human.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dawson

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson is a noteworthy human. She was most active from 1995 to present. Rosario was born on May 9th, 1979 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Richard Dawson

Richard Dawson was an actor, comedian, game show host, and panelist. His career lasted from 1960 to 1995. Richard was given the name Colin Lionel Emm on November 20th, 1932 in Gosport, Hampshire, England. He died on June 2nd, 2012.

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Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is an important somebody. Shane was born on July 19th, 1988 in Long Beach, California. Shane is also known as Yaw and Shane.

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Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson is an actor, director, and television director. She was most active from 1985 to present. Roxann was given the name Roxann Caballero on September 11th, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Roxann is also known as Roxann Biggs and Roxann Biggs-Dawson.

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David Dawson

David Dawson is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2003. David was given the name David Robert Dawson on September 7th, 1982 in Widnes.

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Scott Dawson

Scott Dawson is a notable individual. Scott was born on June 30th, 1984 in Whiteville, North Carolina.

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  • Michael Dawson
    (soccer player)
  • Charlotte Dawson
    (television personality)
  • Chad Dawson
    (boxer)
  • Kimya Dawson
    (musician)
  • Len Dawson
    (football player)
  • Andre Dawson
    (baseball player)
  • Craig Dawson
    (soccer player)
  • Antonio Dawson
    (police officer)
  • Matt Dawson
    (rugby player)
  • Branden Dawson
    (basketball player)
  • Paul Dawson
    (actor)
  • Phil Dawson
    (american football player)
  • Shawn Dawson
    (basketball player)
  • Ashley Taylor Dawson
    (actor)

What does the name Dawson mean?

Dis for discreet, you can keep a secret.

Ais for angelic, a truly pure heart

Wis for willing, to go the extra mile

Sis for serene, your calm time.

Ois for orderly, a lifelong passion.

Nis for number one, make sure to take care of yourself above all others

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