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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Origins Available: French, Irish, Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davies, Davis, Divis and others.

First found in Flint, where the Davis family was seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arthur Davies and Dorothy Davies, who both settled in Virginia in 1623; as did Christopher and Emanuel Davies in 1635; Daniell Davies, who came to the Barbados in 1635.

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Motto Translated: Without God without anything, God is enough.

Suggested Readings for the name Davis
"From the Rhondda Valley to the Clinch River Valley and Beyond: A Genealogy of the Descendants of John Davies (also Daivis)" by Billie Ruth McNamara, "Amos Williams Davis: Family History, Including His Ancestors and Descendants" by Eunice Freese Payne.

Some noteworthy people of the name Davis
  • Raymond "Ray" Davis Jr. (1914-2006), American scientist who has won many awards for his scientific work, most notably the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics for detecting solar neutrinos
  • Sammy George Davis Jr. (1925-1990), well-known and prolific American singer, dancer, and actor and the only black member of Frank Sinatra's "Rat Pack." In 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Miles Dewey Davis III (1926-1991), American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer considered one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century
  • Geena Davis (b. 1956), American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist
  • Edward "Lockjaw" Davis (1921-1986), American jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Calvin Davis (b. 1972), American athlete who won the bronze medal in the men's 400 meter hurdles at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Joshua "Josh" Clark Davis (b. 1972), American swimmer who won multiple gold and silver Olympic medals at the 1996 and 2000 games
  • Dwight Filley Davis (1879-1945), 49th United States Secretary of War (1925-1929) and avid tennis enthusiast, eponym of the Davis Cup
  • Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916), American writer and journalist famous for his coverage of the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War
  • Stuart Davis (1894-1964), early American modernist painter


Clan Badge

Davis, sept of the Clan Davidson

Is your family of Scottish descent? If so, you can proudly display the Davidson Clan Badge. This clan badge is used by all septs of that clan.

Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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