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Multiple Origins for the Surname Dawson



Dawson is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dawson family lived in Westmorland (now part of Cumbria). The family was originally from Osonvilla, near Dieppe, Normandy, and it is from the local form of this name, D'Oson, which means from Oson, that their name derives.

Dawson Early Origins



The surname Dawson was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at North Bierely, a township, in the parish and union of Bradford, wapentake of Morley. "Royds Hall [in North Bierely], which has been for many years the residence of the Dawson family, was originally built by the Rookes." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Langcliffe was another ancestral seat of the family. "Langcliffe was parcel of the possessions of Sawley Abbey, and subsequently for a century and a half the property of the Dawsons, a family highly distinguished in point of alliances and personal desert. Whitaker gives a copy of verses, printed in 1690, by William Dawson, containing an account of a village destroyed by the Scots in the reign of Edward II." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dawson Spelling Variations


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Dawson Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Dawson has been recorded under many different variations, including Dawson, Daweson and others.

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Dawson Early History


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Dawson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawson research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1466, 1531, 1541, 1607, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dawson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dawson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dawson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Dawson In Ireland


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Dawson In Ireland



Some of the Dawson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Dawsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Dawson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Dawson, who settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Will Dawson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Owen Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Dawson, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Georg Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dawson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gregory Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Margaret Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomasin Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1713 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Nicho Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dawson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W Dawson, aged 28, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Eliza Dawson, aged 38, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Patrick Dawson, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Dawson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Washington Dawson, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dawson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Dawson was a merchant in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1771 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Capt. George Dawson U.E. who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the King's Orange Rangers [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. George Dawson U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. James Dawson U.E. who settled in Kingston, Ontario c. 1784 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Michael Dawson was a fiddler in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1794 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Dawson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Dawson from county Kilkenny was married in St. John's Newfoundland in 1824 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Catherine Dawson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Mary Dawson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Peter Dawson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Richard Dawson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
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Dawson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss N Dawson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Dawson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Dawson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Richard Dawson, a blacksmith, who arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Dawson, who arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Flora Dawson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  • Archibald Dawson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dawson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G F Dawson, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1841
  • T F Dawson, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Dawson, aged 24, a farm servant, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Mary Dawson, aged 23, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • C. Dawson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1856
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dawson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dawson (post 1700)



  • Winston F. Dawson, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1932
  • William N. Dawson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 24th District, 1956
  • William Mercer Owens Dawson (1853-1916), American Republican politician, Mayor of Kingwood, West Virginia, 1890-91; Secretary of State of West Virginia, 1897-1905; Governor of West Virginia, 1905-09
  • William Levi Dawson (1886-1970), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1930-32
  • William L. Dawson, American Democrat politician, Vice-Chair of Democratic National Committee, 1954
  • William L. Dawson, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 1st District, 1938
  • William Johnson Dawson (d. 1798), American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons, 1791; U.S. Representative from North Carolina at-large, 1793-95
  • William Adams Dawson (1903-1981), American Republican politician, Mayor of Layton, Utah, 1935-39; Member of Utah State Senate, 1940-44; U.S. Representative from Utah 2nd District, 1947-49, 1953-59; Defeated, 1948
  • William Crosby Dawson (1798-1856), American politician, Representative from Georgia at-large, 1836-41; Candidate for Governor of Georgia, 1841; Circuit Judge in Georgia, 1845; U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1849-55
  • William Dawson Jr. (1885-1972), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, 1939-41; Uruguay, 1941-46
  • ... (Another 119 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Dawson Historic Events


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Dawson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

HMS Hood

HMS Prince of Wales

RMS Lusitania

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Dawson (d. 1912), aged 23, Irish Trimmer from Dublin, Ireland who worked aboard the RMS Titanic, died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett (No. 277) and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 8 May 1912

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Suggested Readings for the name Dawson


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Suggested Readings for the name Dawson



  • Dawsons in the Revolutionary War and Their Descendants by Carol Ruth Dawson.
  • The Families of Ruebsamen, Spear, Dawson, Burley by Neil Newayne Ruebsaman.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Dawson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dawson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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