Dawes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dawes is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name for the son of David. [1]

Early Origins of the Dawes family

The surname Dawes 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 Dawes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawes research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1580, 1653, 1602, 1605, 1608, 1671, 1724, 1671, 1708, 1766 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Dawes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dawes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dawes have been found, including Dawes, Dawe, Daw, Daws, Douwes, Dohse and others.

Early Notables of the Dawes 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 Dawes family to Ireland

Some of the Dawes 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 Dawes migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dawes, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Dawes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Dawes who settled in Massachusetts about the year 1623
  • William Dawes, who settled in New England in the year 1623
  • William Dawes, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1635 [3]
  • William Dawes, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1646 [3]
  • Ailce Dawes, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dawes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elisha Dawes, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]
  • Caleb Dawes, who landed in America in 1793 [3]
Dawes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Susan Dawes, aged 35, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 [3]
  • Frederick Dawes Dawes, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1819 [3]
  • John Lawrence Dawes, aged 24, who landed in New Jersey in 1845 [3]
  • Caroline Dawes, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [3]
  • Christian Dawes, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Dawes migration to Australia +

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

Dawes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Dawes, English convict who was convicted in Gloucester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. James Dawes, British convict who was convicted in Norwich, Norfolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Charles Dawes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Elizabeth Dawes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Thomas Dawes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [7]
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New Zealand Dawes 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:

Dawes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dawes, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [8]
  • Miss Dawes, British settler travelling from London via Cape ports aboard the ship "Pembroke Castle" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 5th November 1889 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dawes (post 1700) +

  • William Dawes (1745-1799), American activist in the American Revolution who alerted colonial minutemen of the approach of British army troops prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord
  • Henry May Dawes (1877-1952), American businessman and banker, United States Comptroller of the Currency from 1923 to 1924
  • Charles G. Dawes (1865-1951), American banker, politician and 30th Vice President of the United States
  • Dominique Dawes (b. 1976), American sixteen-time gold medalist gymnast, member of the gold-medal winning "Magnificent Seven" at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Fernanda B. Dawes, American Republican politician, Kansas State Attorney General, 1895-97 [9]
  • Edward League Dawes, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [9]
  • Edward Dawes, American politician, Village President of Des Plaines, Illinois, 1872-73 [9]
  • Chester Mitchell Dawes (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Illinois, 1896 [9]
  • Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951), American Republican politician, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, 1897-1902; Vice President of the United States, 1925-29; U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1929-31 [9]
  • Beman Gates Dawes (1870-1953), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 15th District, 1905-09; Oil executive [9]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Master George W. Richard  Dawes (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Robert Dawes, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Thomas George Dawes, English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Walton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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