Dawe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Dawe comes from the baptismal name for the son of David. [1]

Early Origins of the Dawe family

The surname Dawe was first found in Lancashire where the name Dawe (no first name) was first listed in 1212. Ralph Dawe was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Worcester in 1211 and later Lovekin Dawes was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1279. [2]

Early History of the Dawe family

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Dawe Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dawe were recorded, including Dawes, Dawe, Daw, Daws, Douwes, Dohse and others.

Early Notables of the Dawe family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Lancelot Dawes (1580-1653), English divine, born at Barton Kirk in Westmorland of poor parents. "When seventeen he became a student of Queen's College, Oxford, and a few months later became a servitor. He took the degree of B.A. in 1602, and was then made tabarder, and in 1605 proceeded to his M.A. degree, became a fellow, and subsequently took orders. He continued to reside in the college, of which his studious retired life and simple habits had caused him to be considered an ornament, till, in 1608, he was preferred to the living of Barton...
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Ireland Migration of the Dawe family to Ireland

Some of the Dawe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dawe migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dawe family emigrate to North America:

Dawe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Dawe, aged 23, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • John Dawe, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [3]
  • An Dawe, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [3]
  • Mary Dawe, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [3]
Dawe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dawe, aged 32, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [3]

Canada Dawe migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dawe Settlers in Canada in the 16th Century
  • George Dawe was in possession of property at Port de Grave, Newfoundland which had been in his family from 1595 [4]
Dawe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Stephen Dawe was a planter of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1706 [4]
Dawe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sara Dawe, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1807

Australia Dawe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dawe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Dawe(b. 1790), aged 36, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 20th March 1826, sentenced for 14 years for housebreaking in the dwelling-house of Pascoe Stephens, transported aboard the ship "Layton" on 13th June 1827 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]
  • John Dawe, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Michael Dawe, (b. 1822), aged 14, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 28th June 1836, sentenced for 14 years for stealing a metal pot, transported aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" on 1st August 1836 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Michael Dawe, (b. 1822), aged 14 born in Redruth, Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall on 28th June 1836, sentenced for 14 years for taking a pot, transported aboard the ship "Henry Porcher" in 1836 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [8]
  • Miss Elizabeth Dawe, (b. 1815), aged 24, Cornish dressmaker, from Callington, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th September 1839 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dawe migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dawe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Emma Dawe, (b. 1846), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [10]
  • Miss Catherine Dawe, (b. 1847), aged 18, Irish domestic servant from Waterford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [11]
  • Mr. John Dawe, (b. 1843), aged 22, Irish labourer from Waterford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [11]
  • Mrs. Anne Dawe, (b. 1825), aged 40, Irish settler from Waterford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [11]
  • Mr. William Dawe, (b. 1819), aged 46, Irish labourer from Waterford travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dawe (post 1700) +

  • Denias Dawe (b. 1859), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 19th District; Elected 1934 [12]
  • Philip Dawe (b. 1780), English mezzotint engraver, son of a city merchant and was articled to Henry Robert Morland [13]
  • Henry Edward Dawe (1790-1848), English painter and mezzotint engraver, a younger son of Philip Dawe, also a mezzotint engraver, born in Kentish Town, near London, 24 Sept. 1790
  • George Dawe (1781-1829), English portrait artist and mezzotint engraver, born in Brewer Street, Golden Square, London, on 8 Feb. 1781 [13]
  • Donald Bruce Dawe AO (1930-2020), Australian poet, generally considered to be the most influential Australian poet
  • Eric N. Dawe (1921-2015), Newfoundland politician and businessman from Bay Roberts, he represented Port de Grave in the Newfoundland House of Assembly from 1962 to 1971 and from 1975 to 1979
  • Billie "Bill" Dawe (1924-2013), Canadian two-time gold medalist ice hockey player
  • Tom Dawe (b. 1940), Canadian writer from Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Jason Dawe (b. 1973), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Gerald Dawe (b. 1952), Northern Irish writer and poet
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Frederick Arthur Dawe, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  14. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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