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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Nicknames for Dawn

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

Meanings and history of the name Dawn

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

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

"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
Dawn Harper, one of main characters in “Nicky,Ricky,Dicky&Dawn”

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