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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.

David Early Origins



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.

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David Spelling Variations


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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.

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David Early History


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David Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our David research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early David History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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David Early Notables (pre 1700)


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David Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early David Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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David In Ireland


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David In Ireland



Some of the David 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



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
  • Jon David, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Lewes David, aged 28, landed in Barbados in 1635
  • John David settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Howell David, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

David Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jennet David, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Richard David, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Elizabeth David, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Henry David, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703
  • Hugh David, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

David Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Oliver David, who arrived in New York in 1806
  • Luis David, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Samuel G David, aged 28, landed in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • Jonathan David, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Louis David, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

David Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Frs David, who landed in Canada in 1632-1760
  • Rene David, aged 32, arrived in Canada in 1642
  • Claude David was married in 1649 in Quebec

David Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich David, who landed in Canada in 1800

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Henry David arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1848
  • David David arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849
  • Richard David (aged 25), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

David Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel N. David arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name David (post 1700)


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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"
  • John Fisher of David, American politician, Postmaster at Westminster, Maryland, 1817-20
  • Lieutenant Albert Leroy David (1902-1945), American Naval Officer who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jacques Lefavre David, senior partner of David, Boulva, Cleve Architects in Montreal
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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David Historic Events


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David Historic Events




Flight 191

  • E David, American passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Albert  David (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Tufts Cove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. George David, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward Erne St David, British Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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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: Pax et copia
Motto Translation: Peace and plenty.


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David Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 5 October 2016 at 12:54.

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