David History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The David name, which is a very unique Celtic origin, came from the rugged landscape of Wales. This Brythonic Celtic name 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 David family

The surname David was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The name is conjecturally descended from David ap Gryffydd, the last Prince of North Wales who was executed by King Edward I of England about 1276.

Important Dates for the David family

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David Spelling Variations

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name David have included David, Dafydd, Dewi, Davith and others.

Early Notables of the David family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the David family to Ireland

Some of the David family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

David migration to the United States

Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name David:

David Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger David, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • John David, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon David, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Lewes David, aged 28, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • Howell David, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
David Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard David, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701 [1]
  • James David, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701 [1]
  • Henry David, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703 [1]
  • Jennet David, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701 [1]
  • Elizabeth David, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701-1703 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
David Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas David, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Jacob David, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • Peter Oliver David, who arrived in New York in 1806 [1]
  • John David, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • George David, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

David migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

David Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Frs David, who landed in Canada in 1632-1760
  • Mr. René David, (b. 1910), aged 32, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 7th April 1642 [2]
  • Claude David was married in 1649 in Quebec
  • Michel David, son of Claude and Suzanne, married Françoise Raclos, daughter of Idebon and Marie, in Quebec on 2nd December 1671 [3]
  • Mr. René David, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 13th March 1679 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
David Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean David, son of Michel and Françoise, married Marie-Anne Deshaies-Saint-Cyr, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade on 15th November 1713 [3]
  • Jacques David, son of Paul and Marie, married Marie-Louise Normandin, daughter of Laurent and Marie-Anne, in Quebec on 17th September 1715 [3]
  • Jacques David, son of Jacques and Catherine, married Madeleine Dagenais, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 22nd June 1716 [3]
  • Joseph David, son of Jacques and Catherine, married Marie Moneau, daughter of Michel-Jean and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 7th January 1717 [3]
  • René David, son of Michel and Françoise, married Marie-Josephte Quay, daughter of Louis and Marthe, in Verchères, Quebec on 24th January 1719 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
David Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Heinrich David, who landed in Canada in 1800

David migration to Australia

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

David Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Griffith David, Welsh convict from Glamorgan, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Henry David, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848 [5]
  • David David, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [6]
  • Richard David (aged 25), a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

David 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:

David Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • M. David, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of the Deep" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1854 [7]
  • Mr. George David, (b. 1832), aged 30, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [8]
  • Mrs. Matilda David, (b. 1832), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th December 1862 [8]
  • Samuel N. David, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Mr. Constant V David, (b. 1854), aged 20, French farm labourer from France travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name David (post 1700)

  • Harold Lane "Hal" David (1921-2012), American lyricist, probably best known for his hits "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "This Guy's in Love with You" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
  • Lieutenant Albert Leroy David (1902-1945), American Naval Officer who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944 [9]
  • John Fisher of David, American politician, Postmaster at Westminster, Maryland, 1817-20 [10]
  • Elizabeth David (1913-1992), née Gwynne, a British cookery writer, actress, known for her A Book of Mediterranean Food (1950), Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen (1970), English Bread and Yeast Cookery (1977) and for her many articles in The Sunday Times
  • Wilfried David (1946-2015), Belgian professional road bicycle racer
  • Jean Antoine David, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [11]
  • Joe David, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, born in Apitsat, in British Columbia, in 1946, a member of the Clayquot Band, is a leading figure in Northwest Coast Indian Art
  • Paul David (b. 1919), Cardiologist of international reputation and founder of the Institute of Cardiology in Montreal (1954)
  • Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), French neoclassical painter
  • Hérmine David, French painter
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the David family

Flight 191
  • E David, American passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Albert  David (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Tufts Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
HMS Prince of Wales

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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. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Hooghly.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Albert David. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Albert David. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_David
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 26) Jean David. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  12. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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