Last name: DAWSON

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DAWSON : This last name is indexed 556,696 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

DAWSON : 1: English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Dawe’ from the Middle English personal name Daw(e) (see Daw 1 and 2) 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.2: Scottish: patronymic ‘son of Dawe’. In Scotland Dawe is a diminutive of David (compare 1 above).

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