Davison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Davison surname is a patronymic created from the personal name David.

Early Origins of the Davison family

The surname Davison was first found in Perth, Scotland, where, in 1219, Johnannes filius Davidis, a merchant in Perth, is mentioned. Some accounts suggest that around 1000 AD the Catti (Chattan) Clan, from whom the Davidson Clan descends, broke into two distinct factions, the MacKintosh and the MacPherson clans.

The Davidson Clan was part of the MacPherson element, but always considered itself to be the senior clan of the Chattan group. Records from the Ragman Rolls show Adami fiz Dauid of Forfarshire and Johan le fiz David of Berwickshire rendering homage to King Edward I of England in 1296.

Bearers of Davison were found on both sides of the Scottish-English border. The first estates of the Clan Davison were at Invernahaven, a small estate in Badenoch, where they were said to be found from the mid 14th century.

Early History of the Davison family

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Davison Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Davison, Davidson, Davisint, Davisyn, Debison, Dawysone, Dawyson, Davysone, Davyson, Davitson, Dawysown, Davisoun, Davisend, Davidsone, Davidson, Daveysone, Daveyson, Dauyson, Dawysume, Dauysum and many more.

Early Notables of the Davison family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was Sir Robert Davidson, Chief of the Clan Davidson, who was killed at the Battle of Harlaw, in 1411. William Davison (1541?-1608), was "Secretary of Queen Elizabeth, was, according to his own account, of Scottish descent. In June 1566 he went to Scotland as secretary to Henry Killegrew, the English ambassador, and congratulated Mary of Scotland on the birth of her son James. According to Sir James Melvill, he described himself at that early date as `a favourer of the king's right and title to the crown of...
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Ireland Migration of the Davison family to Ireland

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

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Alice Davison, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
  • Christopher Davison, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 [1]
  • Tho. Davison, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [1]
  • Jon Davison, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Nicholas Davison, who landed in New England in 1648 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Davison, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [1]
  • Samuel Davison, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [1]
  • William Davison, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [1]
  • John Davison, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740 [1]
  • Benjamin Davison, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [1]
Davison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Davison, who landed in America in 1805 [1]
  • James Davison, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Robert Davison, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Pima Davison, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
  • Christ Davison, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davison Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John B Davison, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922 [1]

Canada Davison migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Davison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Davison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Jonathan Davison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Cyprian Davison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Samuel Davison, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davison Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Davison, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Mary Ann Davison, aged 20, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Joseph Davison, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Solomon Wright Davison, who landed in Canada in 1840

Australia Davison migration to Australia +

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

Davison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Anthony Davison, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • William Davison, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Davison, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Francis Davison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [4]
  • Elizabeth Davison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [4]
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New Zealand Davison 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:

Davison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Constance Davison, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • John Davison, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • Mr. Henry Thomas Davison, British boat builder travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand heading for Wellington on 16th April 1857 [5]
  • Mr. William Davison, (b. 1858), aged 9 months, English settler from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [6]
  • Mr. William Davison, (b. 1823), aged 35, English gardener from Surrey travelling from London aboard the ship "Strathallan" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1859 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Davison (post 1700) +

  • Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913), English suffragette who fought for votes for women, member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and a militant fighter for her cause; she was killed by King George V's horse Anmer at the 1913 Derby when she walked onto the track during the race
  • Michael Lynn Davison (1945-2013), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1969 through 1970
  • Brigadier-General Frederick Trubee Davison (1896-1974), American Chief of Special Projects Division, Headquarters of the Army Air Force (1943-1946) [7]
  • Brigadier-General Donald Angus Davison (1892-1944), American Aviation Engineer, North West African Air Force (1943-1944) [8]
  • Peter Davison (1928-2004), American poet, essayist, teacher, lecturer, editor, and publisher
  • Bill "Wild Bill" Davison (1906-1989), American jazz cornet player
  • Charles S. Davison, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Elmira, New York, 1892 [9]
  • C. W. Davison, American politician, Mayor of San Jose, California, 1909 [9]
  • Arwilla Davison, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1980 [9]
  • Archibald T. Davison, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1908 [9]
  • ... (Another 42 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Daisy May Davison (1882-1914), née Barling Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
  • Miss Dorothy Ada Davison (1912-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Henry "Harry" Davison (d. 1912), aged 32, English Third Class passenger from Liverpool, Merseyside who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Henry D. Davison, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Davison +

  • 1377 "Davison-Davidson Family Research" by Mildred F. Roberts.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Frederick Davison. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Davison/Frederick_Trubee/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 10) Donald Davison. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Davison/Donald_Angus/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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