"son of David"

Dawson Origin and Meaning

The name Dawson is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "son of David".

Dawson was scarcely heard as a first name before the debut of Dawson's Creek in 1998, at which point it leaped up more than 550 places in one year. The character Dawson Leery, played by James Van Der Beek, was a teen favorite until the show's demise in 2003.

An offshoot of the David nickname Daw, Dawson could make a nice tribute to a namesake David. Also a common surname, there have been noted Dawsons from footballer Len to actress Rosario to the Leonardo Di Caprio character in Titanic, Jack Dawson.

In literature, Dawson Fairchild is a novelist character in William Faulkner's second novel, Mosquitoes.

# 149 in the US

Dawson Rank in US Top 1000

# 554 on Nameberry

Dawson Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Dawson Popularity

Famous People Named Dawson

  • (Marvin) Dawson MathisU.S. Congressman from Georgia
  • Dawson SimpsonAustralian rules footballer
  • Dawson Dakota DunbarCanadian actor
  • Dawson DawsonWatson, British,born painter
  • Dawson FernandesIndian footballer
  • Dawson MillwardBritish actor
  • Charles Dawson "Daws" ButlerAmerican voice actor
  • Dawson Swindellson of baseball player Greg Swindell
  • Dawson Paul Aucoinson of baseball player Derek Aucoin
  • Richard DawsonEnglish,American actor, comedian, and TV game show host
  • Shane DawsonAmerican Youtube Personality

Dawson in Pop Culture

  • Dawson Leerymain character on TV's "Dawson's Creek"
  • Dawson T. Hunzigercharacter in "Arrowsmith" (1925) by Sinclair Lewis
  • Dawson Blackcharacter in "Obsidian" by Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Dawson Colemain character in Nicholas Sparks's "The Best of Me"
  • Dawson Fairchildcharacter in William Faulkner's "Mosquitoes"
  • Frank Dawsonmain character on TV's "This Man Dawson"
  • Edward "Eddie" Dawsonmain character in Piers Paul Read's "Monk Dawson''
  • Jack Dawsoncharacter in film "Titanic"
  • Damon Dawsoncharacter on TV's "Heroes"
  • Ally Dawsoncharacter on TV's "Austin & Ally"
  • Isabella "Bella" Dawsoncharacter in Disney's 'Bella and the Bulldogs'
  • Antonio Dawsoncharacter on TV's "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Justice"
  • Gabriela "Gabby" Dawsoncharacter on TV's "Chicago Fire"