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Multiple Origins for the Surname Davidson


Scottish


The history of the Davidson family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Davidson comes from the personal name David. Davidson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This surname comes from the religious naming tradition, and was adopted from the popular biblical surname, David, which means beloved. This surname is believed to date as far back as the 15th century, BC, and to have come to Scotland from Brittany, with the Picts. The first Chief of the Clan Davidson, David Dubh, was of Pictish descent. He was the fourth son of the chief of Clan Chattan, of which the Davidsons became a part.

Davidson Early Origins



The surname Davidson was first found in Perth, 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. 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.

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Davidson Spelling Variations


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Davidson Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Davidson has appeared 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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Davidson Early History


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Davidson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davidson research. Another 274 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1408, 1411, 1466, 1500, and 1670 are included under the topic Early Davidson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Davidson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Davidson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 25 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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Davidson In Ireland


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Davidson In Ireland



Some of the Davidson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 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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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Davidson:

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Davidson, who was sent to Virginia in 1666
  • Elizabeth Davidson, who setted in Maryland in 1667
  • Elizabeth Davidson, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Peter Davidson, who settled in Maryland in 1684
  • Hen Davidson, who arrived in Virginia in 1698 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Davidson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Alexander Davidson, who arrived in Maryland in 1710
  • Alexander Davidson, who landed in Maryland in 1710-1711 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Owen Davidson, a prisoner sent to Yorktown, VA in 1716
  • William Davidson, who setted in Maryland in 1716
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Davidson, who arrived in America in 1804-1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • William Davidson, who arrived in America in 1806 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Davidson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davidson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Davidson, who landed in Mississippi in 1903 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Walter Septimus Davidson, who landed in Alabama in 1919 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Archibald Davidson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1922 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davidson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Davidson, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • William Davidson, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Sarah Davidson, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Catherine Davidson, aged 45, who landed in Quebec in 1835
  • Catherine Davidson, age 45 who arrived in Quebec in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Ann Davidson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • Charlotte Davidson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • George Davidson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • Marion Scott Davidson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davidson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Davidson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Davidson, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • John Davidson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avon" in 1860
  • Frederick W. Davidson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • Annie Davidson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Davidson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Davidson (post 1700)



  • Gordon Davidson (1933-2016), American stage and film director
  • 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
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Davidson Historic Events


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Davidson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

HMS Prince of Wales

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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Suggested Readings for the name Davidson


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Suggested Readings for the name Davidson



  • 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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Motto


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Motto



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: Sapienter si sincere
Motto Translation: Wisely if sincerely.


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Davidson Clan Badge


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Davidson Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Davidson
Addeand, Addeane, Addeant, Addeend, Addeent, Addeind, Addeint, Addeynd, Adean, Adeane, Atteand, Atteane, Atteant, Atteend, Atteent, Atteind, Atteint, Atteynd, Cay, Caye, Daid, Daivey, Daivie, Daivy, Dason, Daueson, Dauison, Dauson, Dauysolm, Dauysom, Dauysomb, Dauysombe, Dauysome, Dauyson, Dauysone, Dauysoom, Dauysoomb, Dauysoombe, Dauysown, Dauysum, Dauysume, Daveson, Davey, Daveysolm, Daveysom, Daveysomb, Daveysombe, Daveysome, Daveyson, Daveysone and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  11. ...

The Davidson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davidson 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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