Dawn is a female given name, which comes from the word referring to the first appearance of daylight in the morning, though it can also be used to refer to the rise or beginning of an event. It comes from Old English dagung (dawn, daybreak) via Proto-Germanic *dagaz (day) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Dawn is also an English surname, a patronymic surname derived form Daw, a medieval pet form of David meaning “beloved”, though it also could have originated as a nickname from the jackdaw, noted for its sleek black color, its raucous cry, and its mischievous, thievish nature; Daw is also an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh meaning “descendant of Deaghadh”, an Irish given name of uncertain origin though it could be composed of Irish elements deagh (good, excellent, worthy) and ádh (luck).
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew
- Dawnn (English)