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Dawn

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Origin: Anglo Saxon
Meaning: Breaking of Day

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Dawn

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Dawn in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Dawn:

  • Records indicate that 286,577 girls in the United States have been named Dawn since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1970, when 15,674 people in the U.S. were given the name Dawn. Those people are now 47 years old.

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    Comments about the name Dawn

    89% Approval Rating
    Based on the comments submitted below
      17 Positive Comments

  • "Love the name Dawn Marie. I think it's beautiful, different and has a wonderful meaning behind it." Nov. 6, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name and I love. I do not get rattled by the mispronunciations. Hey, everyone makes mistakes. Its what makes us humans. My two years old nephew calls me aunt Dawnie and I just love the way it sounds. Who can get mad at that. Come on "negative Dawns" out there...lighten up." Sep. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dawn is my name and I love it. I have received so many compliments throughout my life. I am a Register Nurse and I can't tell you how many times I have introduced myself to a new patient and they have said, "that is such a pretty name". Much of the negative comments on the web contradict my personal experience. Like many other Dawn's, my middle name is Marie.BTW, my Mom and Dad decided to add an "e", so I am actually Dawne Marie. Kind of a pain. Telemarketers call my home and ask for Dwayne. LOL>" Feb. 20, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dearest friend is Dawn. We have truly been through it all! We have gone through things that would either make or break a friendship and we keep bonding. She is also extremely intelligent, has a sense of humor that never stops and is the most beautiful woman I know inside and out. LOVE YA GIRL!" Dec. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Dawn Isobel and I love my name. However, like lots of other people I didn't like it when I was a child, but that changed when I got older. I like it for its meaning, but also because it's not a very common name, nor is it so odd that nobody has ever heard of it." Feb. 18, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Dawn and I am married to my husband Don. We have had lots of comments over the last 30 years. It usually makes people smile :)" Aug. 30, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a boy but mine name is Dawn...issit ok?...juzt feel its a cool name...n its so unique!!.." Oct. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dawn here - had it since 1954. I love my name and for the most part, always have. Have had lots of compliments on it over the years. Yeah, get the Donna, Don and Dawnie thing too - I just calmly correct. I do have one person and one only who I allow to call me Dawnie, all others get corrcted." Mar. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Dawn. I used to hate my name when I was much younger, but now really love it as it's so unique and doesn't get shortened. Ignorant people may spell it incorrectly (Don) and sometimes people may say Donna, but I always correct them. Dawn is a fab name!" Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn-Marie and I was born in 1987. Now that I am older I usually go by Dawn or Dawnie. Very unique and pretty name but getting Don Murray is sometimes annoying." Aug. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm also name Dawn. It's frustrating working in customer service. I have a thick southern accent, so when I say my name, they either think I'm saying Joan or Don. I have to use another name on the phones. My mom named me Crystal Dawn..and I love it. Everyone thinks I have a beautiful name..and I must agree hehe :)" Jul. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie, and I was born in 1981. I have always loved my name! It is short, no one gets it wrong, and it has a beautiful meaning. Awesome name." Apr. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "What's wrong with the 70's? Retro is always popular! Dawn is my name. People have never spelt it wrong and never pronounced it wrong either! It can sound very different said in different accents though. I've only met four or five others with my name. People tend to give me longer nicknames such as Dawny. I didn't used to like it so much when I was growing up but now I love it and I love the meaning as well. Yes, it's rather hippyish, but then so am I luckily! This name sounds good with longer surnames, and can be used effectively as a double barrel first name. Some of the meanings of the name are - break of day, morning, radient, light, new beginning. Not to mention it's less of a mouthful than 'Aurora' ;)" Mar. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn people often spell it Don as well. The most anoying part is when people assume that it is short for Donna." Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The only complaint is the "Don" and "Jon" thing. My mom said she named me Dawn because you can't change it. You meet and Jennifer and you have to ask her - what do you go by? Jen, Jenny, Jennifer, etc." Jan. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I rarely meet people with the same name. I also get some confusion with "Don", but, for the most part I chalk that up as dialect from various parts of the country. Overall, I like my name and wouldn't change it." Jun. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Often people think I'm saying anything other than Dawn when they ask me my name. At Starbucks I get a lot of DON and Jon, kinda annoying" May. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "I don't like my name because of the way people say it. I knew many Dawn's during school. I was born in 77. I get Dawnie too and it annoys me if I don't know you well. I get DON all the time and hate it. I have been corrected on how 2 say my own name, by New Yorkers and Southerners mostly. They say Don or Dawwwwwwwn." Aug. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Too seventies. Feathered hair and what-not. Also can be mis-pronounced. If you like the meaning of the name, try the more stylish Aurora. Rory can be a cute nickname." Jan. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      15 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Dawn Denise and I absolutely love it!! I was born the 1st day in January in 1966. Even though that was the peak popularity time for the name Dawn, I never met another Dawn until I was 20 years old and it was actually her middle name. I've met several since...most have the middle name Marie or Michelle so I've loved reading the names Dawn Lea, Dawn Autumn, and Dawn Isobel!! I know a few girls who have Dawn as their middle name. I'm not crazy about being called Don. I get different pronunciations even in my own family..Don, Doan, D(au)n!! My niece and nephew call me Aunt Dawnie and I think it's so endearing. I love my name and hope I have a namesake someday!!!" Feb. 26, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Ellen and I have a twin named Duane. We were born in 56. I also heard Don and Duane growing up but a neighbor from the south called me Dow-one and I never responded because I hadn't the slightest idea she was talking to me. Never thought it was common but I once worked with two other Dawns in a company of under 50 female employees." Jul. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Dawn Summer I love it she is 23 months old I haven't heard any other girls her age with this name yet so hoping when she's older it will be unusual for her age group x" Aug. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm English and was named Dawn in 1970, however my mum had the name from when my eldest brother was born in 1959. I get called Dawnie all the time by my siblings and don't mind at all." Feb. 7, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn too and I was born in 1955,so as you can imagine I never knew a Dawn. Growing up with that name was hard because even Miss Sally on Romper Room never looked in her mirror and said "I see Dawn" I waited ever day to hear my name. When the four seasons came out with their hit I was thrilled." Dec. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dawn Michelle is my name. I was born in 73. It is a beautiful name and only I think for really unique and upbeat personalities. My 6th grade teacher called me sunset, which I liked. I teach high school and when kids find out my first name they always say...wow that is pretty. It can be said it is 70's but who cares. I think it is classic" Oct. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Gamell. I am 19 years of age.i really love my name...it goes along with nature n i love...nature..most people misspelled my name "Don" n also calls me don or donna and dawnie... most of the times i correct them ..but sometimes they just don't get it...i was named after my aunt because i was born on her birthday..so far i have only met two persons with the name...its a really beautiful name<3" Sep. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Dawn Marie and I was born in 1970. I disliked the name when I was younger now I love it. I get called Donna alot, but I correct them and say " it's Dawn". My fiance is Dennis and he loves my name. It is a really great name and I haven't met a whole lot of girls or women named Dawn..." Jun. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sooo beautiful!! I used to live in Kaaawa when my mom had a rntaurset in Punaluu, Paniolo Cafe, My kids all went to Kaaawa Elementary and my youngest boy who is 19 now still lives in Kaaawa with his dad, I reside in the Big Island now and long for Kaaawa every single day. It truly is the most blessed place to live and raise a family. I pray one day we might be able to move back so my grandchildren can experience the country lifestyle as my kids did Just Love Kaaawa .Mahalo for your articles.." Apr. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "oohh. in fairness. naku sana mommy rubz dearevy ganyan ano? para hindi na masyadong mahaggard ang beauty mo kakakunsumi sa knya. hihi.you deserve to be treated like a princess, more than anyone else i know! labyu! mwah!" Apr. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn. I really like my name. When I became older, i realized that is a very poetic name with references to light, freshness and brilliance. A really sweet abridgement to my name is Dawnie. This reinterpretation adds a musical quality to a name that is uttered with two syllables. The ie brings the tonal quality of the name towards the higher octave than the lower octave." Jan. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name. Everybody is always telling me what a pretty name Dawn is!" Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oh yes! Another Dawn here and frequently called Don, which I hate. I'm always having to tell them "IT"S NOT DON! IT'S DAWN...LIKE IN THE MORNING!" My dad originally wanted to name me Star and my mom wanted Belinda. They argued until the decided on Dawn. I have been called Donna a few times, but not nearly as often as Don. The only thing I like about it is my Aunt nicknamed me Ding and my Uncle called me Dong! Not kidding about that." Feb. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It sounds beautiful,and I love the spelling.It's not for me,though.The nickname Dawnie or Dawny is so cute,too.I've never met a Dawn,so I find it unique,wich is important when picking out a name.(unleast for me,LOL.)" Sep. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn. I get that alot too, people think I said "DON" when they ask me my name. Uh, HELLO, I'm a GIRL! It's Dawn!!!" Jun. 24, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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