Last name: Davies

Recorded in the spellings of Davis, Davies, Davie, and several others, this is an English patronymic surname, although much associated with Wales. It means 'the son of David', from the Hebrew male given name meaning "beloved". The name is not recorded in any part of Britain before the Norman Conquest of 1066, and is regarded as being a 'Crusader' introduction. In the 12th century all the parts of Christendom joined in expeditions to free the Holy Land from the infidel. Although all the crusades were militarily unsuccessful, and have remained so to this day, the returning soldiers 'adopted' certain biblical and Greek names, of which David was one, and gave them to their children, particularly their sons. Amongst the very earliest recordings of the given name predating the surnames is that of 'Dauid clericus', (David, the clerk), in the rolls of the county of Lincoln for the year 1150, whilst Richard Davy appears in the Subsidy rolls of Worcester for the year 1275. Further examples include Thomas Dayson in the 1327 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, and Richard Davys is listed in the Register of the Freemen of the City of York for the year 1402. An interesting bearer of the name was Sir Thomas Davies (1631 - 1680), a bookseller, who became master of the Stationer's Guild in 1668 and was Lord Mayor of London in 1666, during the Great Fire of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Dauisse, which was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Cambridgeshire, during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Paula Davies-barrett
My family is from LLandryssil..

Howard Davies
American-born Welshman. Our family came from Llansbrynmair, nothern Wales. We pronounce it Dayvees.

sarah davies
my family are in west midlands strange as it seems

Kathi Haslam-Murray
My "Davis" family comes from Lavington, Wiltshire, England so far. I am stuck on Richard Davis born 1545-1550. I am not sure where he originates. It could be Wales or Ireland. I have found members of my ancestry who have the surname Davis, Davies, Davys, Davy, etc. Does anyone have my same line, or close to it? I originate from Thomas Maroni Palmer Davis who immigrated to the United States and landed in Utah as a Mormon Pioneer. I am on and my tree is "Kathi Haslam Family Tree" and it is public. My son's Murray lineage is from Scotland and I have traced it back to Elizabeth Mure, wife of Robert Stewart, Robert the II, King of Scotland! Love doing ancestry!

M. C. Davy
The name Davy essentially comes from the name David, or in Welsh "Dafydd". The Welsh always use the Fathers first name as the sons Surname .. so a person named Owain ab Dafydd would have had a father with the first name Dafydd . .. So basically anyone today with the surname Davy/ Davies / Davis .. had an ancestor with the first name of Dafydd. Does this mean we are all related? .. not at all, that's the problem with tracing welsh genealogy . . the surnames only lasted one generation. But is it Welsh? yes at least back until around 1100 .. we see the Prince of Wales in 1170 is named Dafydd ab Owain .. his son named Owain ab Dafydd (or Owain Davy). Prior to that the name David is essentially Jewish (have you ever read the bible? King David ring a bell? ) and was brought in with the coming of Christianity. Either that or with the Normans or Crusaders.

to throw another spanner into the works .. in early Wales there was also the "Kingdom of Dyfed" it is possible that people from this area took on the name Dafydd .. becoming Davy, then Davies etc etc.

gemma Ferguson
Can i ask ..... Is it pronounced in the UK dav-ezz or dav-is?

So, Davies is Welsh, Davis is English? In 1851, Davies Male Heads in Wales outnumbered their English counterparts 3 to 1. Conversely, Davis Males Heads in Wales were outnumbered by their English counterparts by more than 6 to 1. Data for 1851 Census in England and Wales Male Heads of Households. Data: England Wales Davies 4,703 11,924 Davis 6,950 1,169

In the United States Davies is pronounced Dav-eez.

jacky Davies

Father: Keneth Edward Bertrum Davies b 10.08.1908 His father: Percy John Davies His father Philip John Davies I cannot find any info on Percy - anyone come across him?

Kurt Davis
Looking for ancestors, I'm in the U.S. Can't find much beyond my grand parents, Hubert Herschel Davis I know we had to have come from across the pond.

Richard Davies
Also note the original Welsh spelling "Dafis"...... as in Rhisiart Defis

Janet Davis
Dolor Davis was first of family to settle in Ma was a sailor on Mayflower MarriedMargery Wilard Do we still have family my grandfather ClydeM.Davis was born1890 in Lock Haven PA

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