Daws History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Daws family

The surname Daws 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 Daws family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daws 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 Daws History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Daws Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Daws include Dawes, Dawe, Daw, Daws, Douwes, Dohse and others.

Early Notables of the Daws 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 Daws family to Ireland

Some of the Daws 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 Daws migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Daws Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Daws, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [3]

Canada Daws migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Daws Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann Daws, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Daws, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Daws Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ben j Daws, who landed in Canada in 1832

Australia Daws migration to Australia +

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

Daws Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Daws, (b. 1803), aged 35, English gardener who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Elizabeth Daws, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [5]
  • Robert Daws, aged 28, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "William Stuart" [6]

New Zealand Daws 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:

Daws Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Daws, (b. 1832), aged 26, British gardener travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1858 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Daws (post 1700) +

  • Ron Daws (1937-1992), American men's marathon athlete at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Gavan Daws (b. 1933), Australian-born, American writer, historian and filmmaker
  • Herbert B. Daws, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Oak Hill, West Virginia, 1949-73 (acting, 1949) [8]
  • Dame Joyce Margaretta Daws DBE FRCS FRACS FAMA (1925-2007), English-born, Australian doctor
  • Lenny Daws (b. 1978), English professional boxer, two-time British light welterweight champion
  • Robert Daws (b. 1959), leading English stage and television actor
  • James "Jimmy" Daws (1898-1985), English professional footballer
  • Anthony "Tony" Daws (b. 1966), English former professional footballer from Sheffield
  • Nicholas "Nick" Daws (b. 1970), English former professional football midfielder from Salford, Lancashire
  • Lawrence Daws (b. 1927), Australian painter and printmaker


  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 of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1853.shtml
  6. ^ South Australian Register Friday 15 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stuart 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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