Last name: Dawson

This interesting surname is of English origins. It has more than fifteen entries in the Dictionary of National Biography, and no less than twenty-two coats of arms, and is a patronymic form of the medieval male given name Daw. This is a nickname form of David, adopted from the Hebrew male given name Dodavehu meaning "beloved of Jehovah". This name was borne by the greatest of the early Kings of Israel, and led to its popularity, first among the Jews, and later among the Christians. In Britain the popularity of the name was increased by the fame of St. David, the patron saint of Wales, and by the fact that it was borne by two kings of Scotland, David 1st 1124 - 1153, and David 11nd 1329 - 1371. David clericus, of the county of Lincolnshire in 1150, is one of the earliest recorded bearers of the forename in England. The form as Dawe first appears in the county of Lancashire in 1212, with the patronymic Daweson emerging in the early 14th Century (see below). Richard Dawson, aged 31 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Phillip" bound for Virginia, in June 1635, was an early settler in America. The Dawsons have been prominent in Ireland from Elizabethan times; those who settled in Ulster became Earls of Cremorne and Dartrey. Another family acquired large estates in Col Laois, and a third gained possession of the Glen of Aherlow, in Co. Tipperary, hence, the appellation Dawson's Table in connection with the mountain, Galtee More. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Daweson, which was dated 1326, in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward 11nd, 1307 - 1327. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Rev. Ron E. Sanderson

Looking for a "Lert" or " Lerton" Dawson, wife's name Connie.(deceased) Please reply how to reach Lert. Thankyou These folks were members of my church in Tempe, Arizona and I really want to get in touch with him. Reply to

Ethan Matthew Dawson

My branch of the family immigrated from England to Virginia in the early 1600's then we migrated to the Sissonsville area of West Virginia around the era of the Civil War. My dad is John Matthew Dawson, my grandfather is John Curtis Dawson, and my great grandfather is Curtis Dawson.

Ethan Dawson

If you know you are related to or have heard of these people in your family message me at

Jeffrey mark Dawson

I am half Australian half Scottish and trace my line back to "the Bruce" of William Wallace fame. But also there's my Australian

William Timothy Dawson

Hello , I am William Timothy Dawson of Gilmer , Texas , United States of America. I am a strong blooded Dawson and I would like to come to know of my blood kin and ancestors . I love each and every one of you. Stay blessed. My e-mail address is

Steven Dawson

I'm a Dawson from Manchester, would love to know more about the Dawson side of my family tree though not much is known, my Grandfather died when I was very young and as far as I know had no brothers or sisters. His name was Richard Dawson and the info I have is that he was in the RAF and based in Malta during the WWII, when he came back he married Lucy, and had 4 children, Maureen, Elizabeth, Kath & Michael (my farther) this is all I have, but you never know who could be reading this!

Riaaz Dawson

Hi Forward me your e-mail address.... Much thanks

alan dawson
hi all, I'm was born in Sheffield south Yorkshire England. I am the only son of William Ernest Dawson,( known as Ernest) eldest of 7 brothers and 2 sisters, as far as I know I am now the patriarch of the family. I now live in oz, and have no contact with my many, many first cousins. If I remember correctly my fathers sibling were. Wilfred, David,Walter,Albert,Lennard,Sidney,Mary, Agnus. All very old English names. Would like to hear from anyone who might know anyone from the list or any history.

Scott Dawson
dawson was my grandmothers surname she is from the newcastle area in england and she has 5 other siblings from around that area and id imagine they would all have children so if your from around their we are probably related

Brandon Dawson
I don't know much about the Dawson side of my family but i would like to learn a lot about it. I just don't know where to find out information as none of the Dawsons really talk >.<

Linda Ives
I am just starting our Dawson family tree. Any help would be appreciated. My grandfather Miles Dawson was born in 1928 in Tynside & was married to Jesse. They had 4 children, Dennis, Phyllis, Frank and Gerald. Wondered if David Dawson from Newcastle any relation? We now live in York.

Alan Dawson

Alan Dawson from Tyneside

Scott Dawson
I live in australia but my grandmother and her siblings are all from newcastle area think her fathers name was percy dawson

Riaaz Dawson

Hi Forward me your e-mail address.... Much thanks

Well My family are Dawson's they are from Scotland we are Clan Davidson....I have written history, Daniel Dawson. My great grandmother was Bethea Kirkland Dawson married to Julius Kerstan

I'm a Dawson by birth. I was born in Northern Virginia. I've been working on my ancestry for awhile now and have hit a dead end. My great grandfather Thomas Joseph Dawson Sr was born in New Bedford Massachusetts in 1891 and died in 1961 in Fairfax Virginia. He enlisted in 1917, he ended is 3rd enlistment in 1923. He moved to Centreville Virginia and married Elsie Marie Robertson. Their children were Jane Elizabeth (Dawson) Markey, Margaret Edith (Dawson) Brown, Thomas Joseph Jr, Edwin O, Anne Virginia (Dawson)Nachman and Sarah Eileen (Dawson) Brown, only Anne is still living. Thomas J Dawson Sr would not speak of his family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ethan Matthew Dawson

My family immigrated to Virginia and moved to the Sissonsville, West Virginia area around the time of either the Civil War or WWI.

Craig Dawson
My father came across a book with a title something like Three Hundred Years of Dawsons in America, published around 1960. It started with a Dawson landing on Kent Island in The Chesapeake Bay in the 1630s, and the various branches traced thereafter included my grandfather's name. I'm 13th or 14th generation. The family moved up the Potomac through Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Our branch went out to Ohio and central Illinois during the 1800s. My grandparents moved from Illinois to Michigan after WWI. The book mentioned that the family traced back to a Duc D'Ossone, who went over from Normandy with William the Conqueror and fought at the battle of Hastings. The name was anglicized to Dawson.

Chris Dawson Damato
Craig, the book you describe is of great interest to me. Any way you can provide exact name or source of such a book?

Wayne Dawson
I was under the impression it was an Anglicised name of Norman origin. It doesn't pay to be too inquisitive, I enjoyed telling people that we went over with William the Bastard and kicked Anglo-Saxon arse, turning a backwater into a modern state. Now what?

Jeremy Dawson
my family is in ohio and was in west virgina

Jack Dawson this has reference to the Dawson emigrating to America

Dawson Family Crest and History
Search the Dawson history + family crest. Determine the Dawson family history for the English Origin. What is the origin of the surname Dawson.

florence dawson
Interesting...My husband's family has borne a secret, now known that his father was born(1909) out of wedlock to a Jack Cogar?Dawson, described as a musician from New York, passing through Macon, Ga. and again as a fellow from Woodstock, Ga.,, where local records were burned. His grandmother(mother of my husband's father) was Blanche Nutting from Macon ( her mother was "Mooney"Gregory Nutting).......Could this mysterious Dawson be one of yours??? fd

Donald Dawson

My dad (Charles Melton Dawson ) was also born in Macon ga. 1930 which all his family settled in and around Wilmington nc

shaun Dawson
My Dad ray Dawson was from congelton cheshire. Trying to find bit more about his family is mum was Emma Dawson who remarried to become Emma Rowe.

Robert Dawson
Sub clan of the Davidson's of Tulloch, originated in the highlands, was a member of the Chattan alliance and left for Ireland after the downfall of the Stuarts. My particular line immigrated to Canada and settled in Ontario. I am first full citizen of the U.S. in the family as we reside in Michigan currently.

Mary-Louise Clary
Robert, My Dawson family came probably from Yorkshire to the area of Monaghan/Cavan, Ireland and then in the 1820's to Ontario and in late 1800's New York state. The names include Joseph (or John Joseph) and his wife Jane Fleming (neither of whom made it Ontario). Their children Ann, Edward, John Joseph, Frances, Jane, Richard Fleming and possibly William.

Deb Gallagher
The furthest back I'm able to get of my Dawson family is William Dawson, born in 1742 and died in 1822 in Glenville, NY, which is the area where my Dawson family has lived since. While I'm not sure where William was born, his son John was born in 1780 in Lancaster, England, though my family has been adamant that we are Scottish Dawsons, not English.

Exactly, my greatgrandmother was Bethea Kirkland Dawson from Sterlingshire Scotland...

DeAnna Dawson
We may be related. My Dad is Robert Dawson

Bill Dawson

My own research into my family history has taken me back to being a sub-clan of clan Davidson too. We even uncovered some old carved crests with a Davidson stag on them in my great-grandmothers loft. I'm not sure why the general etymology of the name Dawson is referred to as English everywhere else I look! Bill, UK

Erika Dawson

I am also a Dawson from Ontario.

Erica Dawson

comical we have the same name Lol

Trent Dawson
Our family has been in East Texas for 3 generations and trace back to Ohio and Illinois during the mid 1800s. My dad has followed our line back to Scotland pre American Revolution.

Dave Dawson
Dawson from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England here. I still keep reading mixed origins of our surname and it is hard to know which is the true origin or if it had several infact. This one seems to be Anglo-Saxon, deriving from 'David' another version is that it originates from the Normans. I've read from a couple of sources that our ancestors were either Normans - or or Normanised Frenchmen originating in D'Osson France. Apparently they were either involved in the battle of Hastings 1066 or one of the families who sent soldiers over to invade. Which exactly I do not know. They were then awarded lands in what is now Carlisle apparently. I would love to know which is the 'real' version anyway.

Lots of Dawson's kicking around Cumbria today, so I think you're on the right track there

Richard Dawson.Dundee Scotland.

Hi Steve, My grandfather George and his brother Richard came from Allonbay in Cumbria. They went to Ashington in Northumberland to work in the coal mines. do you know of any Dawsons from Allonbay?

Neil Dawson
My name is Neil Dawson and I am from Virginia.My Dawson relatives moved here in the mid 1800's from Randolph Co. N.C. I have traced my oldest ancestor back to around 1755 in North Carolina.His name was Daniel Dawson..I would appreciate any info. i can get.

Tim Dawson
From Nebraska, Grandfather from Oklahoma and that is ALL I know. Does anybody else have any connection from Oklahoma going back further?

Zoe Dawson
Hi all, I am Zoe Dawson, daughter of Brian Dawson from Catterick - Yorkshire, I am looking for my 2 half sisters and below is all the information I have of them: Hazel Shout born in 1956 in North Allerton Elaine Dawson born March 1980 in Richmond Helen Dawson born 1977 in Richmond. Dad born in Catterick – sister Maureen Please email with any more information -

Paul Dawson
Lots of Dawson's out there but seems hard to link to anyone. I have been stumped for a long time now (as I noted 20 June 2012), but sure wish I could make a connection to someone from the same family. I often wonder if my family came from a long line of transients as even now my family is spread far and wide!

mark Dawson
i am mark Dawson from tadcaster north yorkshire my mother has managed to trace back about 300 years in the area and we had relatives emigrate to Canada and Australia. my email is

jesse dawson, born sand diego 1983, living in northern ca now

Jesse Dawson here. Father berry Dawson, grandfather us clarry Dawson. All I know is that my grandfather clarry left kingaroy Queensland Australia to join British royal air force as an aeronautical engineer, then back to Australia where he met his wife and made my pops berry. They moved at some point to Carlsbad california. My grandpa clarry had my dad berry and one daughter who I cannot remember her name. I have not had kids so my blood stops if non are made.

jesse dawson, born sand diego 1983, living in northern ca now

andrea dawson
i am marries into a Dawson family originally from Penkhull stoke on Trent, ( my husbands grandfather)

Paul Dawson
I am a Dawson Living in Canada and can trace my roots to Lancashire with my G Great grandfather, Joseph Dawson (Railway Guard). He was born about 1876 and was married in 1901 to Lily Rimmer. They had a son John James. That is about all the info I have. Any other connections would be appreciated.

Steven Dawson
I'm a Dawson from Manchester, have recently been looking at establishing my family tree. Have many records from my mothers side of the family (O'Neill) but not much to go on for the Dawson side!

Gordon Dawson
Yes de oson was the Dawsons who battled and helped win atHastings 1066 from DeOwson in Normandy they were part of the force that tookover England in 1066, Dawsons were given Land for valiancy on the bastle field.

Adam Dawson
I am a Dawson from South Yorkshire and was lead to believe it was a viking name

I am a dawson of birth and iam trying to build a familly tree for my children

E Dawson
My family are as far as I know from Scotland, and I too was born a Dawson... My family immigrated over to Australia around 28 years ago (I am a bit unsure as to when exactly)... I haven't been in contact with them for 6 years now and I really would love to know more about the family history... Is anyone else part of the Scottish family?

Anyone know of any DAWSON'S that emigrated to British Honduras (later became Belize) in the mid 1800's? I descend from William Avila who was a seaman, his father was George. His ydna is Scandanavian in origin.

Jorge Dawson
I am salvadorean, I believe, my great grandfather came from england

kim linden syracuse
hi my mom maided name was dawson and i bend try to look up about my grandmother and my grandfather,his name as far as i can tell what i know of was herbew dawson my mom name was edith dawson,aunt was anndawson,mary dawson,here are my uncle names ,john dawson,james dawson,,alfred,dawson my grand mom and grandpa was deported back too englandbecause of the govment depoted mary dawson ,floeyalfred was only one to be taken back and the govment took all of the rest and put tthey where they wanted to that the govment for you they spilt all of them here three ,now my grand father if right isb from scotland,and if i am right my grandmom name is floance matewsshe is from irealand,donot know either ggreat mom or father name thats all i know my aunt mary was in afroster home like all the restof them

James Dawson
I had an uncle named James dawspn and i was named after him. but i have no clue about other relatives. Great grandfather harold Dawson lived in Paradise california for several years until just recently passed away

Edith Dawson Linden die June 13,2012 and January 9,2013 Edith sister Anna E Dawson haded died,hope i can find something out about our roots of them i am the third genration,my mom full name was Edith Dawson Linden she was bron april 2 1927 state of washton,not dc

Paul Dawson
It says in the Bible, "And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments." One or some of the early Dawson's must have been God-fearing Christians.

Christie Dawson Dunn
Hello Patricia I am not sure how to contact you regarding the Dawson's however you can find me on Facebook as Christie Dawson Dunn in Kentucky (USA) I would love to chat about the Heritage and any possible kinship!!

Susan aka “Lily Belle”
My mother is a Dawson and I know they came from Yorkshire County England where my Great, Great Grandfather stayed until his death but my great grandfather went to the US at the age of 10 with my Irish grandmother following their divorce. I'll have to ask my mother a bit more but perhaps we have some relation. ;)

Leslie Dawson
I am a Dawson by birth also and live in stoke-on-trent it is very interresting in what Iv'e read so far

I am also from stoke on trent and was abandoned by my mother at 1yrs old by a woman (?) bearing the same name

Jack Dawson
hi i to am from stoke-on-trent and a Dawson from birth i didnt know their was so many of us

patricia waller
hi christie i too am a dawson by birth & live in yorkshire my family tree is back to 16c we may have the same tree if you would like to contact me?

Christie Dawson Dunn
This is so neat. I am a Dawson from TN and I have traced my family back to Yorkshire England so I am pretty sure that there is some connections.

Susan Feltz
My mother's maiden name is Dawson and as far as I know they are from Yorkshire County England as well.

That is where my grand parents are from I have the only aunt left never gotten to meet her she the last aunts on boyh sides of family yes iam the third generation from my mom sided i guess thats what you say right her name is Mary Dawson Foley she does not know much at all

nigel dawson
i am going to have to trace this as it is more interesting than i first thought

daundray dawson
the dawson have some very great history and my family history like the dawson do wow but im a dawson too so this could be my history

If any want too get aholded of me well iam on facebook here it is kimsyracuse1@facebook.Com i woulded love if anyone can tell me more about the Dawson family

Dawsons are scattered far and wide
My name is Alan Dawson and originally from Birmingham UK , be great to have a connection to another Dawson around the world.

Marcee (Dawson) Lane
I've seen a lot of Dawson names, but no one has my Dad's Name: Lerton V. Dawson, he was named after his uncle. These Dawsons were mostly in Ok, KS,MO and VA. then moved everywhere.