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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 51 years old.

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    Comments about the name Dawn

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "My daughter is Dawn Marie. Born March, 1971. Why is she Dawn? Back in 1964 I heard the beginning of a song, " Pretty as a mid summer morn, they call her Dawn". Sung by my favorite singer of all time Frankie Valli. She was born at dawn 5:02a.m.winter, not summer. Oh well. Only 2 friends are allowed to call her Dawnie." Jun. 10, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie, my dad named me and I was named after Tanya Tucker's song, Delta Dawn, which was released February 1972 and I was born, November 25 1972. I love my name, I've met many Dawns, My bff in Iowa is also Dawn Marie." Jun. 10, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Dawn Nancy. When the doctor looked out my mother?s hospital window and said?Here comes the Dawn?. My mother said ?She is here.? That was in 1932." Jan. 16, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dawn Ellen and being born in 1955, I didn't know any other dawns until I became an adult. I never got called dawn or dawn its so short, no nicknames!,yeah! I have always liked my name!" Dec. 1, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Annette and I absolutely Love my name. It's peaceful and tranquil. I often have many people telling me how much they love my name. It does gets mispronounced at times but I quickly tell them the correct annunciation." Oct. 3, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Lorene. In elementary school I always wanted to have the name Jennifer or Michelle, something that every other girl had. In high school I met another Dawn (the first person with my name that I had ever met). She was absolutely beautiful so I decided then & there that I was glad my parents had liked the daybreak time of day so much that they had named me after it. I sometimes get the question Don or Dawn because most people pronounce the female version the same as the male name, I laugh & explain that my name should correctly be pronounced as if you have an eastern USA accent. Some of my closest long time friends still refer to me as Dawnie." Sep. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m a Dawn Marie born 1967. My dad is Donald and I?m named after him. I LOVE my name and especially my namesake." Aug. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lori Dawn! I named my little girl Mel Don ,yes boys spelling but its after her great uncle! I love the name Dawn or Don, because it's my family name. It has been passed down threw many generations. I hope one of my children would keep it going. Btw when I was younger my momma would tell me Dawn and o get the dawn when I said a bad word🤭. I dont do it to my children because it was horrible, but they dont say bad things like there momma did .lol" Aug. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Heather. I was born in 1969. I love my name, it's unique, I'm usually the only Dawn someone knows." Jun. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie and I absolutely love it. It makes me happy that I have this name." Apr. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Elisa and now that I?m older I love it. I was born in 1961 and it wasn?t until my late twenties I even met another Dawn. I only let my very best (oldest) friends call me Dawnie or Dawny and YES I get the usual ?Don or Donna? a lot. I just correct them. My brother pronounces it Doan (like Joan). I feel it?s still pretty unique?just like me!!!" Nov. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "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

  • "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

      5 Negative Comments

  • "low class, hillbilly, white trash just like "crystal"" Jun. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Awful. Dawn or Don is a boys name. Dawna is a girls name. No wonder people are confused. Your parents called you a boys name. Why didn?t they call you Dawna. Or Donna." Oct. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Dawn is so dated and it sounds cheap. It really is kind of a trashy, no-class name imo." Nov. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "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

      30 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Dawn Marie, born mid-70?s, and I feel like I need to let people know I did not grow up in a trailer park. Trashy. The dead hooker in SVU or missing stripper in CSI seems to always be named Dawn. As a bartender, NY?ers (old white guys mostly) would constantly tell ME if was pronouncing my name wrong. Working for tips , I?d just have to smile. Now that a I am in more professional job, it just feels cheap" Nov. 7, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie. I like it- my dad was Darold and my mom is Mary, so a nice combination. I?m not sure where people are getting the negative or ?trashy? connotation. My brother is Darren Lee which my parents did not realized rhymed at the time" Jun. 13, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Michelle. I have always liked my name. I never net another Dawn until I was in my mid twenties. I was born in 1955." Mar. 6, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Dawn Marie and I love it, my mother said she named me that cuz I was the first the beginning ie the beginning of a day." Sep. 6, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1975, at night that is and I was named Dawn Marie.. i always have to say to people DAWN AS IN THE MORNING OR THE DISH LIQUID!!! My aunt is the only one petson that has ever called me Dawnie💗" Feb. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Dawn Adele and I was born in 1955! I hated my name most of my life...wishing my name was Susan, Debbie or Christie like others! Now in my older years and living on the west coast, many people have at least heard of the name and don?t ask me how to spell it! Yes, my nick name is Dawnie and I love it!" Sep. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie. My grandfather's name is Dawn Patrish. I love my name and my nicknam is Dawnie Pawnie or Little Dawn" Sep. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello! I?m Dawn Dee. I love my name. Unfortunately when I was 9 I was adopted and my new family changed my name to something very different. I have many times considered changed me back to Dawn... But, now I?m 47. Seems kinda a hassle for everyone else." Jul. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in 1955, I was named Dawn Marie. I?ve met another Dawn Marie since I?ve been an adult - She lives in my town and has the same last name! I have a cousin named Dawn Angelique and another named Dawn Marie. However, growing up, I did not know another Dawn until I got into high school. My father-in-law of 47 years still calls me Don. I think it?s a speech impediment with him. LOL Mostly I?ve never had any problems with my name. I often spell it on the phone to make sure people get it right. My oldest son, however, doesnot like my name. He named one daughter of his using my middle name only. To each his own. What?s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Apr. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Rae...I always hated the name Dawn & have only met a few more in the last 20 years. I embrace the name still unusual but then again so am I." Jan. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie. Born 1957. I think it?s a pretty name, and I?ve learned to embrace it. I?m so sick of the ?crack of dawn? jokes. Not funny. It?s not popular right now, but who knows? It may come back. I?ve always thought that it?s the person that makes a name beautiful!" Aug. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Another Dawn here. I like my name and yes like the others I get called, Don or Donna, this can be annoying. I've always seen my name as being old fashioned. Everyone I've met with my name is about 10 to 20 years older. I'm 37, I live in England and there's more then as few of us over here with Dawn as as name, the funniest spelling of my name has to be Dorn whigh a friend wrote in my birthday card. As the name is dying out I feel that my names become more special, unique within the younger age groups. Shame that it's not more common now." Aug. 17, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dawn Marie people in Florida pronounce it Don i hate that im an amateur radio operator and on the radio people called me delta dawn to distinguish me from don" May. 29, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Dawn and like many, partly due to my raspy voice I hear Don at times. Especially if I'm leaving my name on the phone. I am not a fan of the name Don but I wouldn't change my name for anything. Dawn" Dec. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not crazy about the name. Too overused. Too many other more beautiful names waiting to be used. I think it's a very commonly used name. And it's frequently mistaken for Don or Donna. I wouldn't want my kids to name a granddaughter the name." Jul. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "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 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 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 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. 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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