Davids History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Irish Davids surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

Early Origins of the Davids family

The surname Davids was first found in on the Inishowen peninsula, in County Donegal, where a sept of this name claim David O'Doherty (d. 1208,) a chief of Cenel Eoghain, as their ancestor.

Important Dates for the Davids family

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Davids Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Davids family name. Variations found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

Early Notables of the Davids family (pre 1700)

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Davids migration to the United States

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Davids family in North America:

Davids Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christoffel Davids, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1638 [1]
  • Metgen Davids, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1656 [1]
  • Metje Davids, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1656 [1]
  • John Davids, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [1]
  • Meredith Davids, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693 [1]
Davids Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Davids, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Davids migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davids Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Davids, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Davids, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jude Davids, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Davids migration to Australia

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

Davids Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Davids, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davids (post 1700)

  • Lorenzo Davids (b. 1986), Dutch footballer
  • Lance Davids (b. 1985), South African footballer
  • Henry Davids, British fencer in the individual épée event at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Hendrik Jan Davids (b. 1969), former professional Dutch tennis player
  • Faiek Davids (b. 1964), former South African first class cricketer
  • Neil Davids (1955-2011), English professional footballer who played from 1973 to 1982
  • Fadluraghman "Fadlu" Davids (b. 1981), retired South African football striker
  • Edgar Steven Davids (b. 1973), Dutch professional footballer
  • Henry Davids (b. 1980), South African cricketer
  • Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843-1922), English Orientalist

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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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOUNT STUART ELPHINSTONE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851MountStuartElphinstone.gif
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