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Dawn is an English word name that has been quite popular since the early 20th century. Ideal for both a given name and a middle name, Dawn still feels fresh even though it peaked in the 1970s. Those who grew up in the 20th century may associate it with a beloved actress or a character in a popular children's book series. Pair Dawn with a multi-syllable middle name to give it some strength.

Meaning of the name Dawn:

English: Daybreak, first light of day

Origin of the name Dawn:

Dawn is an English word name that means “daybreak” or “first light of day. It's derived from the Old English word “dagung.”

Symbolism of the name Dawn:

The baby name Dawn symbolizes the new beginning of each day. New parents may see their own baby girl as a fresh start in life.

Style of the name Dawn:


Gender of the name Dawn:

Dawn is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Dawn:


Number of syllables in the name Dawn:


Emotion evoked from the name Dawn:

The baby name Dawn evokes images of someone who is carefree and spiritual.

Alternative spellings for the name Dawn:


Nicknames for the name Dawn:

  • Dawny
  • Dawnie

Popularity of the name Dawn:

According to the Social Security Administration, Dawn has been a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States since 1915. From 1956 until 1982, it was even a top 100 baby name, making it all the way to number 14 in 1971. It last ranked at number 915 in 2000.

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Great middle names for Dawn and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Dawn:

  • Dawn Best (comic book artist)
  • Dawn Wells (actress)
  • Dawn Powell (author)
  • Dawn Richard (singer)
  • Dawn Robinson (singer)

Dawn in popular culture:

  • Dawn(character from the book series “The Babysitters Club” by Ann M. Martin)
  • Dawn Summers (character from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series)
  • Dawn (Pokemon character)
  • Dawn Swann (character from the soap opera “EastEnders”)
  • Prairie Dawn (character from “Sesame Street”)