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The Davidson surname is a patronymic created from the personal name David.

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The surname Davidson was first found in Perth, Scotland, where, in 1219, Johnannes filius Davidis, a merchant in Perth, is mentioned. Some accounts suggest that around 1000 AD the Catti (Chattan) Clan, from whom the Davidson Clan descends, broke into two distinct factions, the MacKintosh and the MacPherson clans. The Davidson Clan was part of the MacPherson element, but always considered itself to be the senior clan of the Chattan group. Records from the Ragman Rolls show Adami fiz Dauid of Forfarshire and Johan le fiz David of Berwickshire rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. Bearers of Davidson were found on both sides of the Scottish-English border. The first estates of the Clan Davidson were at Invernahaven, a small estate in Badenoch, where they were said to be found from the mid 14th century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davison, Davidson, Davisint, Davisyn, Debison, Dawysone, Dawyson, Davysone, Davyson, Davitson, Dawysown, Davisoun, Davisend, Davidsone, Davidson, Daveysone, Daveyson, Dauyson, Dawysume, Dauysum and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davidson research. Another 535 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1350, 1500, 1396, 1411, 1408, 1500, 1466, 1670 and 1411 are included under the topic Early Davidson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davidson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Davidson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Davidson, who was sent to Virginia in 1666
  • Elizabeth Davidson, who came to Maryland in 1667
  • Elizabeth Davidson, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • Peter Davidson, who settled in Maryland in 1684
  • Hen Davidson, who arrived in Virginia in 1698

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Davidson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Alexander Davidson, who arrived in Maryland in 1710
  • Alexander Davidson, who landed in Maryland in 1710-1711
  • Owen Davidson, a prisoner sent to Yorktown, VA in 1716
  • William Davidson, who came to Maryland in 1716
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Davidson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805
  • James Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805
  • Robert Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805
  • William Davidson, who arrived in America in 1806
  • John Davidson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
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Davidson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Davidson, who landed in Mississippi in 1903
  • Walter Septimus Davidson, who landed in Alabama in 1919
  • Archibald Davidson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1922

Davidson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Capt. Davidson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Capt Davidson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Davidson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ewer Davidson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Davidson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1775
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Davidson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Davidson, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • William Davidson, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Sarah Davidson, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Catherine Davidson, aged 45, landed in Quebec in 1835
  • Catherine Davidson, age 45 who arrived in Quebec in 1835
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Davidson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J G Davidson, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Davidson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Davidson, English convict from Cumberland, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Ann Davidson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • Charlotte Davidson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • George Davidson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • Marion Scott Davidson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
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Davidson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Davidson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Davidson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • John Davidson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860
  • Frederick W. Davidson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Annie Davidson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
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  • Eric Harris Davidson (1937-2015), American developmental biologist at the California Institute of Technology
  • Major-General Howard Calhoun Davidson (1890-1984), American Commanding General Strategic Air Force, Eastern Air Command (1943-1945)
  • Lieutenant-General Garrison Holt Davidson (1904-1992), American Commanding General 1st Army (1962-1964)
  • Arthur Davidson (1881-1950), one of the four original founders of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Justin Davidson (b. 1966), American classical music and architecture critic awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • John Davidson Sr. (b. 1941), American singer, actor and game show host
  • Donald Herbert Davidson (1917-2003), American philosopher
  • Ernest R. Davidson (b. 1936), American Professor of Chemistry awarded the President's National Medal of Science in 2001
  • Lieutenant General Phillip Buford Davidson Jr. (1915-1996), American officer who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War
  • Bruce Davidson (b. 1949), American equestrian rider with 2 gold medals and two silver in the Olympics
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Davidson Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. George Davidson, British Storekeeper from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Gordon Charles Davidson (1885-1914), British Second Class Passenger returning from San Francisco, California, United States who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William S Davidson, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Albert R Davidson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mrs. Orian Davidson, (née Hays), aged 27, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3
  • Mr. Thornton Davidson (d. 1912), aged 31, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Davidson Family Research and Compilation 1972, Descendants of George and Margaret Dunne Davidson by Margaret Davidson.
  • Davidson Genealogy by George G. Davidson.
  • Davison-Davidson Family Research by Mildred F. Roberts.
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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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