Gender: Male Meaning of Dawson: "son of David" Origin of Dawson: Welsh Dawson's Popularity in 2019: #202

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.

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Bella_ Says:


So far I've only heard it as a surname but I still quite like it as a strong first name.

gmdx Says:


This is my cousin's name.

ldougie Says:


I know a boy named Dawson. His hair is really long.

Addie88 Says:


I like this name because it means "son of David," and my husband's name is David. "-son" names are good choices, if you like the idea of a namesake, but don't want a "Jr." because you feel people should have their own identity. This way, with Dawson for instance, I could have a David Jr. without having a David Jr. In addition, it sounds humble and down-to-earth.