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DAWE Family HistoryThis interesting surname is of early medieval English, Welsh and Irish origin, and has three possible sources. Firstly, it is a pet form of the orginal hebrew David meaning 'the beloved one'. Introduced into England and Wales by the 12th century 'Crusaders', it rapidly grew in popularity, forming the basis of several surnames. Secondly, it can be a nickname surname derived from the (jack) daw. The (jack) daw was noted for its sleek lack colour, raucous voice, and thievish nature! Not surprisingly any of these characteristics could readily have given rise to a nickname.
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