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

McDavitt Early Origins



The surname McDavitt 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.

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McDavitt Spelling Variations


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McDavitt Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McDavitt include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

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McDavitt Early History


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McDavitt Early History



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

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McDavitt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDavitt Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McDavitt:

McDavitt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius McDavitt, who arrived in Baltimore in 1846
  • Francis McDavitt, who came to Philadelphia in 1850
  • Geo McDavitt, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • William McDavitt, who arrived in California in 1869

McDavitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James McDavitt, who landed in St Clair County, III in 1902

McDavitt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McDavitt, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John McDavitt, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

McDavitt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McDavitt, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

McDavitt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Denis McDavitt, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    5. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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    The McDavitt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDavitt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2014 at 13:04.

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