Davy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Davy is from the unique Celtic culture that developed in Wales. This particular surname is from the personal name David, which means darling or friend. This name was common 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.

Early Origins of the Davy family

The surname Davy was first found in Cornwall, although they are thought to have been in Wales from very ancient times; long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Davy family

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Davy Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Davy have included Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.

Early Notables of the Davy family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir John Davie, 1st Baronet (1588-1654), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1622, High Sheriff of Devon from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet (1612-1678), an English politician who sat in the...
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Migration of the Davy family to Ireland

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

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Davy:

Davy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Davy, who settled in Virginia in 1639
  • Elizabeth Davy, who landed in Maryland in 1649 [1]
  • Daniel Davy, who arrived in New England in 1652 [1]
  • Humphrey Davy, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1665 [1]
  • Thomas Davy, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Davy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Davy, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
Davy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Davy, who landed in New York in 1824 [1]
  • William Davy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Davy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Davy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Francis Davy, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1759 [2]
  • Mr. John Davy U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Michael Davy U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Private Peter Davy U.E., "Davies, Davis" (b. 1724) born in Schenectady, New York, USA from Little Falls, New York, USA who settled in Bath, Ernestown Township, Ontario, Upper Canada c. 1785 he served in the King's Royal Rangers of New York, married to Anna Maria Saltsman in 1753 they had 16 children he died in 1790 [3]

Davy migration to Australia

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

Davy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ralph E. Davy, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [4]
  • Mr. Richard Davy, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1837, sentenced for 14 years for stealing 1 barn sheet and 4 fowls from William Stevens at Feock, transported aboard the ship "Portsea" on 31st July 1838 to New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Maria Davy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [6]
  • Thomas Davy, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Thomas Davy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Davy 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:

Davy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. R.Davy, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand in 1840 [9]
  • Richard Davy, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • Miss Kate Davy, (b. 1853), aged 23, Cornish servant departing on 14th April 1876 aboard the ship "Camperdown" going to Marlborough, New Zealand arriving in port on 4 Jul 1876 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Davy (post 1700)

  • John Madison Davy (1835-1909), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Vernal Rosecranz Davy (1862-1959), American Republican politician, Merchant; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1912 [11]
  • Ron Davy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [11]
  • Kady-Ann Davy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2008 [11]
  • Josiah Davy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Leeds, 1853 [11]
  • Mrs. John W. Davy, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932 [11]
  • John Madison Davy (1835-1909), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York 30th District, 1875-77; Defeated, 1876; Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District, 1889-1903 [11]
  • John J. Davy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 48th District, 1936 [11]
  • Herbert Davy, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1858, 1884 [11]
  • Henry H. Davy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Otsego County 1st District, 1855 [11]
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Africaine.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ABOUKIR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Aboukir.htm
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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