Dawn Name Meaning & Origin

Dawn

Pronunciation: DAWN (key)

Origin of the name Dawn:

Derived from dawn, which is from the Middle English dauninge (daybreak, dawn).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Dawna

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Comments and insights on the name Dawn: | Edit

Beautiful name!!! I was born the day after Christmas in 1989 and my father named me Dawn Autumn. I love my name!! Most of the People I meet with my name are older then me since it was really popular in the 60s. My personal experience being named Dawn has been great. I was the only one through grade school, middle school, high school, and college with that name. It makes me feel special. I don't know anyone in their 20s with my name, and I don't know any children with my name. Dawn is def one of those classic names that will never be outdated. Names like Gertrude, Beatris, Lula, butch.... Those are all old school and very unpopular now. But Dawn will never get old, and will always be a wonderful name... No matter how many years pass, it will always be classy. Btw I have a brother named Glen, who also had the same experience as me. It's nice not to have to share your name with 30 other kids in school. For that, we thank our parents.

Personal experiences with the name Dawn: | Edit

I knew lots of Dawns growing up in the UK- born in the early 60's.
Seems like they are all named Dawn Marie, definately the 60's.

I went to school with a Dawn Marie.

I once saw a bumper sticker on a car that said "I'm so horny, even the crack of dawn looks good"

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I love my name, Dawn Lea, and was just mine until I was 24, in 1970 in Portland (I was from the mid-west). Then it was strange to hear my name said when it wasn't refering to me. Of coarse, Don, Tom, John and Lon confused me often. If someone said our names, Don, Lynn and Kim--another would think that I was the boy and Lynn and Kim were girls. That would confuse some people when they met us.!! lol
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I was born in 1976 and Dawn is my middle name but the name I use. In my experience many women I grew up with have the middle name. I'm guessing once it peaked in popularity in the '60s it found it's home as a middle name in the '70s. (Like Marie.) And as a previous poster stated, most people assume my name is Dawn Marie. I also notice I have met very few Dawns in my life. So although it was a fad it didn't seem to be a big one.
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I was born in 1974, and my name is Dawn Michelle. I've only ever been complimented on my name as a beautiful name, but honestly, although like the idea of my name (meaning daybreak or sunrise) I really don't think it sounds very pretty. It's not a very romantic or lyrical name unless it's said along with my middle name.
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My mother's name is Dawn Kristine and I think that it is really pretty. She was born in 1971 and shares her middle name with my baby sister who is 9 and my grandmother.

It’s not her first name, but the only time I’ve ever heard the name Dawn used in person is my best friend’s sister Sarah Dawn.

Nicknames for Dawn: | Edit

D, Delta Dawn, Dawnovan, Dawnie, DeeDee, Dawn Dawn, Red Dawn, Dee, Dawna (Danna), Dawnie Dee, Daybreak

Meanings and history of the name Dawn: | Edit

The name Dawn is of Old English origin, and means "the first appearance of light, daybreak."
"Dawn refers to the twilight before sunrise.

There are also more technical definitions of dawn:

**Astronomical dawn is the moment after which the sky is no longer completely dark, formally defined as the time at which the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon in the morning.
**Nautical dawn that time at which there is just enough sunlight for the horizon and some objects to be distinguishable, formally defined as the time at which the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon in the morning.
**Civil dawn is that time at which there is enough light for objects to be distinguishable and that outdoor activities can commence, formally defined as the time at which the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon in the morning."

Famous real-life people named Dawn: | Edit

Dawn Wells, American actress who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island"
Dawn Lyn (born Dawn Lyn Nervik), American child actress who played Dodie on "My Three Sons"
Dawn French, English comedian
Dawn Frasier, Australian Olympic gold medalist in swimming
Dawn Steele, first woman to run a major movie studio
Dawn Robinson, lead singer of En Vogue

Dawn in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Delta Dawn," song by Tanya Tucker
"Dawn," song by Frankie Valli
Dawn Summers, character in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film and TV series
Dawn Schafer from the Baby-Sitters Club book series
Dawn Wiener, protagonist of the 1994 film "Welcome to the Dollhouse"
Leah's mother Dawn in Teen Mom 2

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