Davidge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Davidge family

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.

Early History of the Davidge family

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Davidge Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Davidge family (pre 1700)

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United States Davidge migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Davidge Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuell Davidge, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [1]
Davidge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Davidge, who arrived in New York in 1813 [1]
  • James Davidge, who arrived in New York in 1818 [1]
  • Frederick G Davidge, who landed in Mississippi in 1899 [1]

Canada Davidge migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davidge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Davidge, who settled in Lower Burgeo, Newfoundland, in 1848 [2]
  • Thomas Davidge was a planter of Mose Ambrose, Newfoundland, in 1858 [2]

New Zealand Davidge 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:

Davidge Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Davidge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Ellen Davidge, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Davidge (post 1700) +

  • 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


  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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0


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