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

Davids Early Origins



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.

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Davids Spelling Variations


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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.

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Davids Early History


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Davids Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davids research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davids History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Davids Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Davids Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, landed in New York in 1638
  • Metgen Davids, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1656
  • Metje Davids, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1656
  • John Davids, who landed in Maryland in 1669
  • Meredith Davids, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693

Davids Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Davids, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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 Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Davids arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Davids (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Davids (post 1700)



  • Fadluraghman "Fadlu" Davids (b. 1981), retired South African football striker
  • Edgar Steven Davids (b. 1973), Dutch professional footballer
  • Neil Davids (1955-2011), English professional footballer
  • Henry Davids (b. 1980), South African cricketer
  • Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843-1922), English Orientalist

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. 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).
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Davids Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davids 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 25 July 2014 at 13:54.

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