Davie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Davie is from the unique Celtic culture that developed in Wales. This particular surname 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.

Early Origins of the Davie family

The surname Davie was first found in Cornwall, although they are thought to have been in Wales from very ancient times; long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Davie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davie research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1621, 1622, 1846, 1588, 1654, 1621, 1622, 1629, 1630, 1612, 1678, 1661, 1670, 1671, 1660, 1692, 1679, 1685, 1662, 1707, 1640, 1710 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Davie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Davie Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Davie has occasionally been spelled Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.

Early Notables of the Davie family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Davie, 1st Baronet (1588-1654), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, High Sheriff of Devon from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet (1612-1678), an English politician who sat in the...
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Davie Ranking

In the United States, the name Davie is the 8,839th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Davie family to Ireland

Some of the Davie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Davie migration to the United States +

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Davie:

Davie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Davie was also created a freeman of Boston in 1636
  • Phillip Davie, who settled in Massachusetts in 1638
  • Hugh Davie, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • John Davie, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • John Davie who acquired estates in Boston Massachusetts about the year 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Davie, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Joseph Davie, who arrived in Virginia in 1718 [2]
  • James Davie, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [2]
  • Margaret Davie, who landed in New York in 1775 [2]
Davie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Teghe Davie, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Tighe Davie, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • James Duncan Davie, who arrived in New York in 1830 [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Davie, (b. 1799), aged 43, Cornish farmer departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [3]
  • Mr. Samuel Davie, (b. 1826), aged 16, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Orient" arriving in the United States on 19 May 1842 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Davie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Davie, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Davie migration to Australia +

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

Davie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Davie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [4]
  • Agnes Davie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [4]
  • Andrew Davie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [5]
  • Agnes Davie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [5]
  • Janet Davie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [5]

New Zealand Davie 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:

Davie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Davie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • William Davie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Talbot" in 1864
  • William Davie, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glendevon" in 1864
  • Miss Catherine Davie, (b. 1955), aged 21, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Pomona" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 14th April 1876 [6]
  • Mr. Joseph Davie, (b. 1860), aged 18, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [6]

West Indies Davie migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Davie Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Davie, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Morrice Davie, aged 24, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
  • Tho Davie, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Davie, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davie (post 1700) +

  • Robert Edwin "Bob" Davie Jr. (b. 1954), American head coach for the University of New Mexico Lobos
  • William Richardson Davie (1756-1820), English-born, American military officer and politician, the 10th Governor of North Carolina (1798 to 1799), one of the founders of the University of North Carolina, one of the Founding Father of the United States
  • Victor Davie, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1956 [9]
  • Robert Davie, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [9]
  • May Preston Davie (1895-1975), American Republican politician, Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1936, 1960 [9]
  • John L. Davie, American politician, Representative from California 6th District, 1924 [9]
  • John L. Davie (1850-1934), American politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1895-97, 1915-31 [9]
  • James B. Davie, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1912 [9]
  • Henry Davie, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Delaware County, 1891 [9]
  • Charles C. Davie, American politician, Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire, 1962 [9]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Royal Oak
  • Richard Cyril Davie (1915-1939), British Leading Supply Assistant with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  8. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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