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The Welsh Davies surname is a patronymic, meaning son of David. Ultimately derived from the Hebrew name "David," meaning "beloved," the name became a popular given name throughout Medieval Europe due to the biblical king David of Israel. The popularity of the name was further increased in Britain due to it being the name of the Patron Saint of Wales. Little is known about Saint David, but he is thought to have been a 6th century monk and bishop. The name came to be used as a patronymic name by the Brythonic people of Wales. 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.

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The surname Davies was first found in Flintshire (Welsh: Sir y Fflint), a historic county, created after the defeat of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwynedd in 1284, and located in north-east Wales, where the Davies family held a family seat from very ancient times. They were descended from Cynrig Efell, Lord of Eglwysegle, the twin son of Madog ab Maredadd, the great grandson of Bleddyn ap Cynvin, Prince of Powys, head of the honorable and worthy third Royal Tribe of Wales, who was traitorously murdered in 1073 by the men of Ystrad Tywi, after he had governed all Wales for 13 years. Directly descended from this line was John ap Davydd (John Davies of Gwasanau in the county of Flint).

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Davies has seen various spelling variations: Davies, Davis, Divis and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davies research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1605, 1605, 1675, 1667, 1675, 1680, 1688, 1680, 1625, 1693, 1692, 1715, 1667, 1739, 1690, 1719, 1718, 1719, 1600, 1672, 1633, 1687, 1646, 1689, 1670, 1716, 1667, 1739 and are included under the topic Early Davies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Davis (1550-1605), an English navigator who discovered the Falkland Islands and what is now known as the Davis Strait; Francis Davies (1605-1675), a Welsh clergyman, Bishop of Llandaff (1667 to 1675); Edward Davis or Davies ( fl. c. 1680-1688) was an...

Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Davies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Davies:

Davies Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Samuel Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Walter Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Samuell Davies, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Nicholas Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1623
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Davies Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Mary Davies, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Thomas Davies, who landed in New England in 1761
  • Henry Davies, who landed in America in 1764
  • David Davies, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Davies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rowland Davies, who landed in New York in 1821
  • John Mayer Davies, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Robert Davies, who landed in Indiana in 1831
  • Gwenelly Davies, aged 24, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1838
  • Daniel Davies, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
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Davies Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Bejamin Davies U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Peter Davies U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Walter Davies U.E., "Davis" (b. 1747) born in Herefordshire, England from Litchfield, Connecticut, USA who settled in South Crosby Township, Leeds County, Upper Canada, Ontario c. 1784 land petitions started in 1797 he served as part of the Queen's American Rangers
  • Mr. William Davies U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784

Davies Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Davies, who came to Nova Scotia in 1818
  • John Davies, aged 37, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Branches" from London, England
  • Thomas Davies, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • John Davies, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland

Davies Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • E E Davies, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • William Davies, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Davies Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Davies, Welsh convict from Denbigh, Wales, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Michael Davies, a stone-mason, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Davies, a shoemaker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Robert Davies, Welsh convict from Caernarfon, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Davies, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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Davies Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Davies landed in Waimate, New Zealand in 1824
  • Richard Davies landed in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand in 1824
  • Henry Davies landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Robert Davies landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Davies landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
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  • John H. Davies (d. 1935), American Republican politician, Member of Alaska Territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1919-22; Mayor of Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Samuel Davies (1723-1761), American preacher who led the Great Awakening revival in Virginia
  • Brigadier-General John Hubert Davies (1903-1976), American Deputy Commanding General Alaskan Air Command (1955)
  • Brigadier-General Isaiah Davies (1890-1976), American Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Air Forces Training Command
  • John Paton Davies Jr. (1908-1999), American diplomat and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Matt Davies (b. 1966), American (English born) editorial cartoonist awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
  • William Davies, American politician, Mayor of Savannah, Georgia, 1807; Resigned 1807; U.S. Attorney for Georgia, 1815-19
  • William A. Davies, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 12th District, 1867-69
  • William H. Davies, American Republican politician, Mayor of Westfield, New Jersey; Elected 1932
  • William I. Davies, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924
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Davies Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Davies, British Barman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Davies, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Eliza Ethel Davies (1889-1914), née Gough Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Thomas William Davies (1888-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. W. J. Davies (1854-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • child Davies (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Sidney John Davies (1914-1941), Australian Electrical Artificer from South Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Hamilton K Davies (b. 1922), English Midshipman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald T Davies (b. 1921), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Kings Norton, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth J Davies (b. 1924), English Boy Bugler serving for the Royal Marine from Cosham, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Horace D Davies (b. 1916), English Lieutenant serving for the Royal Marine from Bristol, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick M Davies (b. 1918), Welsh Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Merthyr, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Armistice Davies (1915-1942), English Officer Steward from Devon, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Hermes and was lost in 1942
  • Mr. Roy Malcolm Davies, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1942
  • Mr. Harold Davies, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Edward H Davies, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Donald Edward Davies, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Davies, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Sydney Davies, British Royal Marine Musician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Glanville Davies, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. W Davies, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Davies, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George F. Davies, Welsh 2nd Class passenger from Wales, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Davies, English Assistant Pantry Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Davies, English Boatswain from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Fred Davies, English Ship's Printer from Newport, Manchester, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Davies, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Gordon Raleigh Davies (d. 1912), aged 33, English Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John James Davies (d. 1912), aged 27, English Extra 2nd Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Robert J. Davies (d. 1912), aged 26, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Thomas Davies (d. 1912), aged 33, English Leading Fireman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Evan Davies (d. 1912), aged 22, Welsh Third Class passenger from Pontardawe, West Glamorgan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • From the Rhondda Valley to the Clinch River Valley and Beyond: A Genealogy of the Descendants of John Davies by Billie Ruth McNamara.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Heb Dhuw heb ddym, Dhuw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God without anything, God is enough.

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    Other References

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    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
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    The Davies Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davies 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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