Davitt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Davitt family

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.

Early History of the Davitt family

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Davitt Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Davitt family (pre 1700)

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United States Davitt migration to the United States +

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, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Patrick M Davitt, aged 23, who landed in Connecticut in 1812 [1]
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 immigrated to the United States from Swinford, Ireland, in 1912
  • John Davitt, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1914
  • Harry Davitt, who landed in America from Southampton, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Davitt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Catherine Davitt, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lady Milton" departing 5th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Miss. Catherine Davitt, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [2]

Australia Davitt migration to Australia +

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

Davitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Janet Davitt, aged 19, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [3]
  • Bridget Davitt, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Margaret Davitt, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"

Contemporary Notables of the name Davitt (post 1700) +

  • Philip Davitt (1931-1994), American politician who served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1977 to 1985
  • 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
  • Patrick Davitt (b. 1958), Irish boxer who competed in the men's welterweight event at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Aidan Davitt (b. 1978), Irish Fianna Fáil politician who has served as a Senator for the Industrial and Commercial Panel since April 2016
  • 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
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 72)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml


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