David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of
and literally means "the kin of David." Over time there were changes in pronunciation and spelling, leading to many different variants of the name.
from very early times.
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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Decan family name include Dakin, Dakins, Dakyn, Daykin, Daykins, Daken, Deakin, Daikins, Daikyns, Daikin, Dayken, Daiken, Deakyn, Deake, Deaken and many more.