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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Davidge family, whose name comes from the first name David, which means "beloved." The name David was quite popular as an honor to the biblical king of that name. Its popularity increased in Britain firstly by virtue of its being the name of the patron saint of Wales.


The surname Davidge was first found in Sussex where they were Lords of the manor of Peasmarsh in that shire, and were descended from Robert, Count of Eu, in Normandy.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Davidge, Davidis, Daivilla, Daivile, Davadge and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davidge research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1107 is included under the topic Early Davidge History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Davidge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Davidge or a variant listed above:

Davidge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eleanor Davidge settled with her husband in Virginia in 1654
  • Robert Davidge, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Davidge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuell Davidge, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Davidge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Davidge, who arrived in New York in 1813
  • James Davidge, who arrived in New York in 1818
  • Frederick G Davidge, who landed in Mississippi in 1899

Davidge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Davidge settled in Lower Burgeo, Newfoundland, in 1848
  • Thomas Davidge was a planter of Mose Ambrose, Newfoundland, in 1858

Davidge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Davidge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Ellen Davidge arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865


  • William Pleater Davidge (1814-1888), English-born, American comedian
  • Dr. John Beale Davidge, American founder of the first public medical school in the United States
  • William Robert Davidge (1879-1961), English-born, Australian architect and surveyor, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute from 1926-1927
  • Guy Mortimer Coleridge Davidge (1878-1956), English cricketer
  • Neil Davidge (b. 1962), English record producer, songwriter, film score composer and musician
  • Cecil Vere Davidge (1901-1981), British lawyer and academic, Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire
  • Glyn Davidge (1933-2006), Welsh international flanker
  • Christopher Guy Vere Davidge (b. 1929), British gold medalist rower at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, competitor in the Summer Olympics in 1952, 1956 and 1960 and won the Silver Goblets at Henley Royal Regatta three times


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