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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: Jewish, Welsh

Where did the Welsh Davies family come from? What is the Welsh Davies family crest and coat of arms? When did the Davies family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Davies family history?

The Welsh Davies surname is a patronymic, meaning son of David. Ultimately derived from the Hebrew name "David," meaning "beloved," the name became a popular given name throughout Medieval Europe due to the biblical king David of Israel. The popularity of the name was further increased in Britain due to it being the name of the Patron Saint of Wales. Little is known about Saint David, but he is thought to have been a 6th century monk and bishop. The name came to be used as a patronymic name by the Brythonic people of Wales. One of the most famous bearers of this personal name in Wales was David ap Gryffydd, the last Prince of North Wales, who was executed c. 1276 by King Edward I of England.


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Davies has seen various spelling variations: Davies, Davis, Divis and others.

First found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where the Davies family held a family seat from very ancient times. They were descended from Cynrig Efell, Lord of Eglwysegle, the twin son of Madog ab Maredadd, the great grandson of Bleddyn ap Cynvin, Prince of Powys, head of the honorable and worthy third Royal Tribe of Wales, who was traitorously murdered in 1073 by the men of Ystrad Tywi, after he had governed all Wales for 13 years. Directly descended from this line was John ap Davydd (John Davies of Gwasanau in the county of Flint).


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davies research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1605, 1605, 1675, 1667, 1675, 1680, 1688, 1680, 1625, 1693, 1692, 1715, 1667, 1739, 1690, 1719, 1718, 1719, 1600, 1672, 1633, 1687, 1646, 1689, 1670, 1716, 1667, 1739 and are included under the topic Early Davies History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 307 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Davies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 389 words(28 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Davies:

Davies Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Samuel Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Walter Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Samuell Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Nicholas Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1623

Davies Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Mary Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Thomas Davies, who landed in New England in 1761
  • Henry Davies, who landed in America in 1764
  • David Davies, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Davies Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Rowland Davies, who landed in New York in 1821
  • John Mayer Davies, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Robert Davies, who landed in Indiana in 1831
  • Gwenelly Davies, aged 24, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
  • Daniel Davies, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842


  • Matt Davies (b. 1966), American (English born) editorial cartoonist awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
  • John Paton Davies Jr. (1908-1999), American diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Brigadier-General Isaiah Davies (1890-1976), American Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Air Forces Training Command
  • Brigadier-General John Hubert Davies (1903-1976), American Deputy Commanding General Alaskan Air Command (1955)
  • Samuel Davies (1723-1761), American preacher who led the Great Awakening revival in Virginia
  • William Henry Davies (1871-1940), Welsh poet best-known for his book "Autobiography of a Super-tramp"
  • Thomas Mervyn Davies, former Welsh rugby union player
  • Clement Davies (1884-1962), Welsh politician
  • David Davies (1818-1890), Welsh industrialist
  • David Davies (1880-1944), Welsh philanthropist



  • From the Rhondda Valley to the Clinch River Valley and Beyond: A Genealogy of the Descendants of John Davies by Billie Ruth McNamara.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Heb Dhuw heb ddym, Dhuw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God without anything, God is enough.


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The Davies Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davies Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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