Dawson Family History & Genealogy

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Dawson Last Name History & Origin

Updated Aug 10, 2022


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Nationality & Ethnicity

My grandparents, Herbert and Elizabeth Dawson with three children, Ivy, Alice and Eva in 1912. The two youngest girls, Eva and Alice was exposed to measles from somebody on the ship. They were both born in the same year, One in January, and the other in November. One of them died on Good Friday, the other on the next day (Sat.), and both buried on Easter Sunday.

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Most Common First Names

  • William 3.9%
  • John 3.3%
  • James 2.9%
  • Robert 2.1%
  • Mary 2.0%
  • George 1.8%
  • Charles 1.7%
  • Thomas 1.5%
  • Dawson 1.0%
  • Richard 0.9%
  • Joseph 0.8%
  • Edward 0.8%
  • Henry 0.8%
  • Margaret 0.7%
  • Elizabeth 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Walter 0.7%
  • Frank 0.6%
  • Arthur 0.6%
  • Harry 0.6%

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Dawson Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Dawson family member is 68.6 years old according to our database of 33,979 people with the last name Dawson that have a birth and death date listed.


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Rosemary Dawson-Marceau commented on Feb 27, 2008
My dad, Woodrow Wilson Dawson, grew up in Iager, West Virginia in 1923, he passed away in 2005. I guess he was born at Sandy Huff, West Virginia. He joined the army when he was 17 years old, underaged to join, but needed to get away from West Virginia to avoid working in the coal mines. He only went to grade 4 in school, then had to help out the family, Father was James Dawson, Mother was Hattie Waldron Dawson. He was the oldest of the children (Brothers were Ernest, Wilburn, Carl, Douglas, Roy, Clinton, Eugene; the Sisters were Elsie, Lorraine, and Lucielle), no wonder why he had to work with 11 children in the family. He sent all of his Army (Tank Battalion) pay home to his parents to buy a house and land in Iager, West Virginia (up the hollow). He married my mom (Beverly LaPlante) when he was 30 and she was 21 years old. They had 2 daughters, Rosemary and Deborah Dawson. He met my mom up in Chicopee, Massachusetts, so that is where I now live. Most of the Dawson brothers came to Massachusetts because they didn't want to work in the coal mines. My grandfather, my dad's father, died of black lung disease. He was the sweetest guy you ever met. He had some sad stories, once when he was in a fox hole, one his army friends got shot and he held him in his arms until he died, he would cry when he told the story. He served during World War II in the 752nd Tank Battalion in Germany, England, France, Italy, and Africa.
Suzanne Christie commented on Jul 06, 2014
My name is Suzanne Emerson Christie. I have a Dawson photo group on Face Book. I am inviting all Dawson's to join and add their photo's in hope of making connections. The group is named All Dawson Photo's Worldwide There is a lot of traffic going through Face Book. We are just getting started, so we need all of the help we can get, and hopefully you will find your connection.
Beverly Drakeford commented on Feb 17, 2019
My name is Beverly Drakeford. My grandmother's name was Fannie Dawson ( nee Fannie Rogers). Can't seem to find any info on her. Maybe you can help.
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