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Daw Surname Meaning

English: from Middle English Daw a rhyming pet form of Raw a shortened form of Rauf; see Ralph Rawe Rawson and compare Dawkins and Dawson . English: possibly also from Daw a pet form of David . This personal name was not especially common in medieval England (see Davey ) but occurred more often in the southwest of England and along the Welsh Marches. Compare Dakin . English: nickname from Middle English dawe ‘jackdaw’ a bird noted for its sleek black color raucous voice and thievish nature any of which characteristics could readily have given rise to a nickname. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh ‘descendant of Deaghadh’ a personal name of uncertain origin. It may be composed of the elements deagh- ‘good’ + ádh ‘luck fate’; some such association seems to lie behind its Anglicization as Goodwin . Arabic (mainly Libya and Egypt): probably from ḍaw’ ‘light’. Possibly also Burmese: from Daw a title of respect and a form of address for an adult and respected woman similar to English ‘Mrs.’ or ‘madam’; its literal meaning is ‘aunt’ (a-daw). — Note: This title is not used as a personal name in Burma but in the US it might have been in some cases registered (or counted in the census data) as a surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Day, Haw, Maw, Bow, Gaw, Law, Raw, Dow, Yaw, Say

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Where is the Daw family from?

You can see how Daw families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Daw family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Daw families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 88 Daw families living in Ontario. This was about 45% of all the recorded Daw's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Daw families in 1911.
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What did your Daw ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nil were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Daw. 50% of Daw men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Daw women worked as a Nil. Some less common occupations for Americans named Daw were Merchant and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    50%
  • Labourer
    19%
  • Engineer
    6%
  • Merchant
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Nil
    25%
  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Income
    13%
  • Housewife
    13%
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Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Daw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Daw in 1948 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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