Davey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Davey is from the unique Celtic culture that developed in Wales. This particular surname is from the personal name David, which means darling or friend. This name was common in England and Scotland from the 12th century onward, but was particularly popular in Wales even earlier. 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.

Early Origins of the Davey family

The surname Davey was first found in Cornwall, although they are thought to have been in Wales from very ancient times; long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Davey family

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Davey Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Davey name over the years has been spelled Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.

Early Notables of the Davey family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Davie, 1st Baronet (1588-1654), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, High Sheriff of Devon from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet (1612-1678), an English politician who sat in the...
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Migration of the Davey family to Ireland

Some of the Davey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Davey migration to the United States

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Davey:

Davey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Davey, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
Davey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Davey, who arrived in America in 1765 [1]
Davey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Teghe Davey, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Tighe Davey, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Cornelius Davey, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • James Davey, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • John Davey, who arrived in New York in 1840 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davey migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Davey U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 187 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York [2]
  • Mr. Michael Davey U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Henry Davey U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1789 listed as Royal Rangers New York [2]
  • Mr. John Davey U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1789 listed as Royal Rangers New York [2]
  • Mr. Peter Davey U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Ontario c. 1790 [2]
Davey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Davey, aged 20, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Mrs. Ann Davey, aged 30 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing 22nd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. Michael Davey, aged 46 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Albion" departing 19th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 18th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Davey migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Davey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Davey, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Davey, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • James Davey, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Ann Davey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [7]
  • George Davey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Davey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Davey, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Leyson Henry Davey, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Emma Davey, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • William Davey, aged 37, a plasterer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Davey, aged 35, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Davey (post 1700)

  • Damian Davey (1964-2017), born Damian Baker and better known simply as Damian, an English pop musician, best known for his 1989 hit "The Time Warp", a cover version of the original track from The Rocky Horror Show
  • Sir David Herbert Penry- Davey (1942-2015), British High Court judge
  • Richard Innes Davey (1938-2013), Australian actor, director and writer
  • Keith Douglas Davey OC (1926-2011), Canadian politician and senator
  • Richard Davey (1799-1884), English MP from Cornwall, JP and Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Cornwall
  • Kyle Davey, Australian award-winning ballet dancer, TV personality, and occasional model
  • Edward Jonathan "Ed" Davey (b. 1965), British politician, MP for Surbiton
  • Alwyn Davey (b. 1984), Australian rules footballer
  • Aaron Davey (b. 1983), Australian rules footballer
  • Elizabeth Davey Lochrie (1890-1981), American painter, sculptor and muralist

Historic Events for the Davey family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. John Stanley Davey (1901-1941), Australian Petty Officer Cook from Boronia, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Davey (d. 1945), British Warrant Officer Electrical aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald J Davey (b. 1922), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Frederick G Davey (b. 1901), English Leading Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Camberwell, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William D Davey, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. William R Davey, British Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Albert Davey, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Albert Davey, British Chief Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Davey, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Bertram R Davey, British Electrical Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Michael F. Davey, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Cecil Boylett Davey (d. 1939), British Chief Petty Officer Supply with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]

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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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  7. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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