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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


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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 settled in Virginia in 1607
  • Will Dawson, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1607
  • Owen Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1622-1623
  • George Dawson settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Georg Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • ... (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
  • Richard Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Margaret Dawson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Thomasin Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Nicho Dawson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • ... (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, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Eliza Dawson, aged 38, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Patrick Dawson, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Dawson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Washington Dawson, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (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 [2]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 [3]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 [3]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 [3]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 [2]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 [2]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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]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, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Dawson arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Flora Dawson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839 [5]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [6]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 landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1841
  • T F Dawson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • William Dawson, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Mary Dawson, aged 23, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • C. Dawson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dawson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dawson (post 1700)



  • Howard A. Dawson Jr. (1922-2016), American jurist, a judge of the United States Tax Court
  • Glen Dawson (1912-2016), American California rock climber, mountaineer, antiquarian bookseller, publisher and environmentalist
  • John R. Dawson (1950-2003), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Peru, 2002-03
  • JaJuan Dawson (1977-2015), American NFL wide receiver who played from 2000 to 2003
  • George Dawson (1898-2001), American author who didn't learn to read until the age of 98
  • Major General Donald S. Dawson (1908-2005), American lawyer best remembered as the presidential aide who marshaled Harry S. Truman's crucial whistle-stop tour in the 1948 election campaign
  • Arvis Dawson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2008
  • Archie O. Dawson, American politician, Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Arch F. Dawson, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1945-46; Defeated, 1942
  • Allan Dawson (1903-1949), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Rio de Janeiro, 1925-26; Bahia, 1926-27; U.S. Consul in Hamburg, 1937-39; La Paz, 1940
  • ... (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

  • Mr. Alfred Dawson, British Butcher from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Edward Dawson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Phillip J Dawson (b. 1924), English Signal Boy serving for the Royal Navy from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Dawson, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Albert Dawson, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth William Dawson, British Electrical Artificer 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edwin Vivian Dawson, British Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred John Dawson, British S A, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Walter Dawson, American 3rd Class passenger from Lowell, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CITY OF ADELAIDE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839CityOfAdelaide.htm
  6. ^ 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. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. 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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