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Where did the Irish Davis family come from? What is the Irish Davis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Davis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Davis family history?

The Davis surname has been found in Ireland in various 16th century records, in various parts of the country. Generally, the name and its bearers came from Britain: some may have come with the 12th century Norman invasions, most came much later in the 17th century Plantation of Ulster, when the British crown offered an opportunity for settlers to obtain land in exchange for pledging to remain protestant. Those who immigrated to Ireland were granted lands previously owned by the native Catholic Irish. However, the name has also been used as an Anglicized form of some Gaelic Irish names: in County Wexford, some of the MacDavids, a branch of the MacMurroughs took on the name Davis; some of the Gaelic Davin, have taken on the Davis name. It is derived from the personal name David, which means "darling" or "friend."

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

First found 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. The suffix "is" or "ies" of the surname has often changed from father to son and has no modern significance. Davis comes from beautiful Wales, the mountainous land of the ancient Britons.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davis research. Another 459 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1073, 13 y, 1550, 1605, 1667, 1739, 1723, 1761, 1808, 1889, 1600 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Davis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Dolor Davis, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Isbell Davis, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothy Davis, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Christopher Davis, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1636
  • Jenkin Davis, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1637


Davis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Faith Davis, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Johannah Davis, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Duke Davis, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Issabella Davis, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Geo Davis, who landed in Virginia in 1714


Davis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Davis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • William Davis, William Davis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Wm Davis, who landed in America in 1805
  • James Davis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • John Davis, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808


Davis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • A M Davis, who arrived in Mississippi in 1906
  • Albert Henry Davis, who arrived in Colorado in 1907
  • Henry Vincent Davis, who arrived in Alabama in 1917

Davis Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Charles Davis, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1713
  • Folk Davis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Greenway Davis, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Edwd Davis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Elijah Davis, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


Davis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Walter R Davis, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Martha Davis, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • John Davis, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Andrew Davis, aged 24, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Susanna Davis, aged 24, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

Davis Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Mrs. Davis, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • J B Davis, who arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Davis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Davis, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Davis, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Davis, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • David Davis, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Davis, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia


Davis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles O Davis landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1831
  • T Davis landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
  • James Davis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Davis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • Mr Davis landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh


Davis Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century


  • Arthur Davis, aged 29, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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  • Roger H. Davis (1923-2015), American talent agent for Clint Eastwood, Elvis Presley and Warren Beatty
  • Shannon Davis (1969-1988), American Student from Shelton, Connecticut, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Mrs. Mary Davis, American passenger from Chicago, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Mrs. Pat Davis, American passenger from Ashville, North Carolina, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Ann Bradford Davis (1926-2014), American two-time Emmy Award winning television actress, best known for her role as Alice Nelson, the housekeeper in The Brady Bunch series (1969-1974) and her role in The Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959)
  • Shani Davis (b. 1982), American Olympic speed skater who won two gold and two sliver medals at the 2006 and 2010 games
  • Shelby Cullom Davis (1909-1994), American investment banker, philanthropist, and former United States Ambassador to Switzerland
  • Kathryn Wasserman Davis (1907-2013), American philanthropist and the widow of businessman Shelby Cullom Davis
  • Thomas James "Tom" Davis (1952-2012), Emmy Award-winning American writer, comedian, and author
  • Brigadier-General John Fuller Davis (1892-1978), American Deputy Headquarter Commandant Tokyo (1947-1949)

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  • 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.
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The Davis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Davis 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 17 August 2015 at 11:08.

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