The surname Tavey 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
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
Early Origins of the Tavey family
The surname Tavey 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.
Early History of the Tavey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tavey research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1641, 1621, 1622, 1846, 1588, 1654, 1621, 1622, 1629, 1630, 1612, 1678, 1661, 1670, 1671, 1660, 1692, 1679, 1685, 1662, 1707, 1640, 1710 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Tavey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tavey Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Tavey name over the years has been spelled Davy, Davey, Davie, Daivey, Daivy, Daivie, Dayvy, Dayvie, Dayvey, Devy, Devie and many more.
Early Notables of the Tavey 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
from 1629 to 1630; Sir John Davie, 2nd Baronet
(1612-1678), an English politician who sat... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tavey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tavey family to Ireland
Some of the Tavey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tavey family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Tavey: John Davie who acquired estates in Boston Massachusetts about the year 1650; Humphrey David, son of Sir John Davie, a merchant who had been created a knight in 1641. Another John Davie was also created a freeman of Boston in 1636. John Davie settled in Virginia in 1639.