Davisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Davisson family

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

Important Dates for the Davisson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davisson research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1350, 1500, 1396, 1411, 1408, 1500, 1466, 1670 and 1411 are included under the topic Early Davisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Davisson 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 Davisson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Davisson family to Ireland

Some of the Davisson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Davisson migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davisson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Davisson, who landed in Maryland in 1637 [1]
Davisson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J C Davisson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]

Davisson 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:

Davisson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Davisson, (b. 1849), aged 25, Irish labourer, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Hannah Davisson, (b. 1850), aged 24, Irish settler, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Mr. Robert Davisson, (b. 1871), aged 3, Irish settler, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Mr. Alexander Davisson, (b. 1873), aged 1, Irish settler, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]
  • Mrs. Susanna Davisson, (b. 1831), aged 43, Irish settler, from Antrim travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davisson (post 1700)

  • Clinton Joseph Davisson (1881-1958), American physicist who won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of electron diffraction
  • Samuel Davisson, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 12th District, 1881-84 [3]
  • Russell L. Davisson, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Kanawha County, 1967-70; Defeated, 1970, 1972 [3]
  • Mary Hart Davisson (1900-1976), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1941-45, 1949; Member of Democratic National Committee from West Virginia, 1960-64 [3]
  • Late B. Davisson, American Republican politician, Mayor of Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1939-40 [3]
  • Burton M. Davisson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Lewis County, 1940 [3]

Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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