Last name: Davies
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My family is from LLandryssil..
In the United States Davies is pronounced Dav-eez.
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 Ancestry.com 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" http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/kids/dyfed.html. it is possible that people from this area took on the name Dafydd .. becoming Davy, then Davies etc etc.
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
my family are in west midlands strange as it seems
Can i ask ..... Is it pronounced in the UK dav-ezz or dav-is?
American-born Welshman. Our family came from Llansbrynmair, nothern Wales. We pronounce it Dayvees.