Dawn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Dawn family

The surname Dawn was first found in Cornwall where the family held at one time fifteen manors and were descended by an heiress to the house of Courtenay Earl of Devon about the reign of Edward II. [1] It is known to be a "Norman family by reputation, and said to be traced to the Conquest, descended from Sir William Downay, who was in the wars in the Holy Land with Richard I. in 1192, at which time that King gave him, in memory of his acts of valour, a ring from his finger, which is still in possession of the family." [1] The actual spelling of Sir William is under dispute as another reference claims William D'Aunay accompanied Richard I. to Palestine. [2] This latter reference digs further to their earlier life in Normandy where the name was also known as "De Alneto, a branch of the baronial house of Bassett, deriving from Fulco or Fulcelin de Alneto, brother of Osmond Bassett, Baron of Normanville in 1050." [2]

Important Dates for the Dawn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawn research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455, 1487, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1661 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Dawn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dawn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dawney, Dawny, Dawn, Dawnie, Dawne, Dawnay, Dawnsey, Daun, Dorn, Dorne and many more.

Early Notables of the Dawn family (pre 1700)

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Dawn migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dawn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Dawn, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1775 [3]

Dawn migration to Australia

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

Dawn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Dawn, (b. 1818), aged 21, Cornish shoemaker travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 [4]
  • Mr. John Dawn (Dawr), (b. 1818), aged 21, Cornish shoemaker, from Callington, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th September 1839 [5]
  • John Dawn, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [6]
  • William Dawn, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [7]
  • William Dawn, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dawn (post 1700)

  • Jack Dawn (1892-1961), acclaimed American make-up artist
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Dawn (1939-2017), stage name of Sylvia Butterfield MBE, an English actress, best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the long-running British soap opera, Coronation Street
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Dawn Haggerwood B.E.M.,, British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for voluntary and charitable services to the community in Clapham, Bedfordshire [8]
  • Kaitlyn Dawn Bristowe (b. 1985), Canadian television personality, podcast host, and former spin class instructor from Leduc, Alberta
  • Mrs. Paula Dawn Assheton O.B.E.,, British Head for Operational Assurance at Border Force with the Home Office, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Border Security [9]
  • Ms. Michelle Dawn Richmond M.B.E.,, British Director for Membership and Professional Development for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Engineering [9]
  • Rebecca Dawn Brewerton (b. 1982), Welsh professional golfer and a member of the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour
  • Ms. Rachel Dawn Pounds O.B.E.,, British Head of Operations for Emergency Health Unit at Save the Children, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for Humanitarian services [9]
  • Alicia Dawn Popoff (1950-2015), Canadian abstract painter from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, known for her works in acrylics and for her sculptures
  • Hillary Dawn Scott -Tyrrell (b. 1986), known professionally as Hillary Scott, an American two-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  8. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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