The name Dawson is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "son of David". Dawson is ranked #196 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Southern Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents".
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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.