Dawson Family History
Dawson Name Meaning
English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Dawe’ from the Middle English personal name Daw(e) (see Daw 1 and ) which is sometimes a pet form of David (see 2 below) but more generally of Rauf or Raw (i.e. Ralph ) of which Daw(e) is a rhyming form. Alternatively the patronymic could mean ‘son of Daud(e)’ another Middle English pet form of Ralph evidently used interchangeably with Dawe. Dawson is one of the most numerous patronymics. Scottish: patronymic ‘son of Dawe’. In Scotland Dawe is a diminutive of David (compare 1 above).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press