McDavid History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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

Early Origins of the McDavid family

The surname McDavid 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.

Important Dates for the McDavid family

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McDavid Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname McDavid were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

Early Notables of the McDavid family (pre 1700)

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McDavid migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McDavid or a variant listed above, including:

McDavid Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas McDavid, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick McDavid, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • William McDavid, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]
  • James McDavid, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1880
  • Edward McDavid, aged 18, originally from Donegal, Ireland arrived in New York City in 1894 aboard the ship "City of Rome" from Greenock, Derry [2]
McDavid Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William James M. McDavid, aged 35, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Liverpool, England [3]
  • Roland Severt McDavid, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Jackson" from Buenos Aires, Argentina [4]
  • T.W. McDavid, originally from Greenock, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rhodesia" from Port Talbot [5]
  • Roland McDavid, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Jackson" from Karskar, Sweden [6]
  • Joseph McDavid, aged 39, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Algeria" from Glasgow, Scotland [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name McDavid (post 1700)

  • Connor McDavid (b. 1997), Canadian NHL ice hockey centre and captain for the Edmonton Oilers from Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Raven Ioor McDavid Jr. (1911-1984), American linguist who specialized in dialectology
  • Ray Darnell McDavid (b. 1971), former American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the San Diego Padres from 1994 to 1995
  • Eric McDavid (b. 1977), American green anarchist and vegan
  • Robert McDavid (b. 1952), professional Australian rules footballer
  • Murray McDavid, Scottish independent bottler of single malt Scotch whisky

Historic Events for the McDavid family

HMS Cornwall
  • William Kenneth Mcdavid (d. 1942), British Stoker 2nd Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [8]

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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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX96-BNP : 6 December 2014), Edward McDavid, 25 Jun 1894; citing departure port Greenock, Derry, arrival port New York City, ship name City of Rome, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q5-835 : 6 December 2014), William James M. McDavid, 11 Mar 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WF-N2D : 6 December 2014), Roland Severt McDavid, 14 Oct 1919; citing departure port Buenos Aires, arrival port New York, ship name Jackson, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64N-2PB : 6 December 2014), T.W. McDavid, 01 Aug 1919; citing departure port Port Talbot, arrival port New York, ship name Rhodesia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FS-WPL : 6 December 2014), Roland McDavid, 30 Jun 1920; citing departure port Karskar, Sweden, arrival port New York, ship name Jackson, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J62R-8XS : 6 December 2014), Joseph McDavid, 28 Feb 1921; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port NY, ship name Algeria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
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