Dawn Family History

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Dawn Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Daw 1. It is suggested by Reaney and Wilson that the unusual -n suffix is a late survival of an Old English genitive ending, which was later superseded by the familiar -es suffix.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Dain, Dann, Daws, Down, Daw, Hain, Dawe, Cain, Dawes, Main

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Dawn Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dawn name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dawn. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Native American—North, Central, South


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Dawn Family Origin

Where is the Dawn family from?

Dawn Family Occupations

What did your Dawn ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Dawn occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Dawn's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dawn family was Express Man. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dawn.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • Express Man


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dawn ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dawn Historical Records

What Dawn family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Dawn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dawn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Dawn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Dawn. For the veterans among your Dawn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dawn Life Expectancy

What is the average Dawn lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Dawn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Dawn in 1950 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dawn ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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