Last name origins & meanings:
- English and Scottish: from a pet form of David.
- English: nickname from the jackdaw, Middle English dawe, a
bird noted for its sleek black color, raucous voice, and thievish
nature, any of which characteristics could readily have given rise to
- Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó
Deaghaidh, ‘descendant of Deaghadh’, a personal name of
uncertain origin. It may be composed of the elements deagh-
‘good’ + ádh ‘luck’, ‘fate’; some such association seems to
lie behind its Anglicization as Goodwin.
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