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The Irish Davitt surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

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The surname Davitt was first found in on the Inishowen peninsula, in County Donegal, where a sept of this name claim David O'Doherty (d. 1208,) a chief of Cenel Eoghain, as their ancestor.

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Davitt family name. Variations found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Davitt research. Another 445 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Davitt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Davitt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Davitt:

Davitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Davitt, aged 24, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Patrick M Davitt, aged 23, landed in Connecticut in 1812

Davitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Hugh Davitt, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Bridget Davitt, aged 17, who landed in America from Dromore West, Ireland, in 1911
  • Francis Davitt, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Swinford, Ireland, in 1912
  • John Davitt, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1914
  • Harry Davitt, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1920


Davitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Janet Davitt, aged 19, a dressmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Bridget Davitt, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Margaret Davitt, aged 15, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

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  • Theodora Davitt, American actress, known for her roles in The Buccaneer (1958), The Errand Boy (1961) and The Party Crashers
  • Mark Davitt, American politician, former Iowa State Representative from the 74th District
  • Grace Davitt (b. 1982), Irish rugby union player for the Ireland National Team (2005-)
  • Cahir Davitt (1894-1986), Irish Circuit Court Judge, Chair of the Great Southern Railways Stocks transactions Tribunal from 1943 to 1944 and was appointed to the High Court in 1945, President of the High Court (1951-1966)
  • Robert Emmet Davitt (1899-1981), Irish Fine Gael politician and medical practitioner
  • Michael Davitt (1950-2005), Irish poet who published in the Irish language
  • Michael Davitt (1846-1906), Irish nationalist politician
  • Karen Davitt (b. 1963), English-born, Australian actress, known for Quigley Down Under (1990), Ned Kelly (2003) and Blue Heelers (1994)
  • Ellen Davitt (1812-1879), who wrote Australia's first mystery novel, eponym of the Davitt Award for Australian crime fiction, by women


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  1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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