Last name: Davis
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On a cross-country flight with a couple of chaps from England, I was informed for the first time that my name was of Welsh origin. That's when the folklore of my family started to make sense.
What country was the first to use the surname of Davis. The information you gave is great. I have a great niece who is working on the family tree for Davis. She says she can go back as far as William Wallace and Longshank. Can anyone agree or dissagree with that information. She is gathering information and then she will put it into a porfolio. I would like to know how I can piece together to take the Davis name back as far as I can. So far I have Davis's going back to the 1600's.
My name is also davis of jamaican parentage. Ancestor's are from scotland.i would like to trace my family.
Hilary Adaline Davis
Hi, my name is Hilary. I'm 15 yrs old, and my dad left me when i was really little. So using this website helped me find the deffinition of the name he left me with, thanks, guys. You were really helpful.
Hi, My last name is Davis of course -I would love to know more about the origins of my last name in America-I'm Black/ African American
I would love to know who was the very 1st Davis recorded in history. I am considered African-American but I've met people of different cultures with the same last name. So I want to know where it all started.
The thing about names is that in many cases your last name does not mean you have blood ties to the original family. In the case of Davis's.... they were of noble lineage and so they owned lands. On these lands they would have contained Serf's. These serf's would have adopted the Davis last name because they were in service to the Davis's and so considered part of their property. The same goes to the African-American/Jamaican side. During slavery, slaves where given the last name of their Masters for ownership identification purposes. So many Davis's are not actually Davis's at all. It all depends on your link to the original family. Just a little insight.
I know my Grandparents are Dutch or from the Netherlands. From what I have learned, The Dutch followed Portugal and Spain in establishing an overseas colonial empire starting in the 15th century. They colonized all over the Globe like South Africa, India, Caribbean, Australia, South America ect.
I'm primarily Norman-Irish, Welsh, and German, with direct ties to the Slane family, as well. So lots of viking blood. Anybody else?
My grandfathers great great great grandfather was Moses Davis his son was a convict Lewis Davis started our family line
As far as I know many African American Slaves adopted their owners surnames as they didn't know thier original African names. Here is an explanation from another website that explains. As a Davis I don't like the idea my Surname is attributed to this inhuman part of history. I would like to think my African brothers are proud of their name as I am. Quote follows:- I don't know the numbers, but I do know why so many African Americans have the same name. Oddly, if you look at African Americans as a whole, they tend to have a smaller name "pool", meaning less variations in last names as a general population, than others, like Latinos or Italians or even regular old European Americans. The reason is that when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, and slaves were finally freed, most of them no longer had their own last names, meaning the family names they may have brought with them to the US when they were slaves. Slaves were often bought and sold without last names, and if they were given a last name, it was usually the name of the slave owner. That practice was commonly followed when slaves became free--they took the family name of the person who had owned them. Just consider that for a moment: if a plantation owner had 400 slaves when they were freed, most of them took his last name, even if they were not related to one another. That just spread his name to 400 other people. Consider that people related to one another frequently owned plantations or slaves in the same area, because they were descended from a common ancestor, and you can see how easily 1000 people could end up with the same last name at the stroke of a pen when they were freed, all in a relatively small area of land. The reason a name like Davis is so common in African Americans is because the vast majority of slave owners were people who were either original settlers or descended from original settlers in the Southern states. The majority of those settlers were either English, or from another part of Great Britain, such as Ireland, or Wales, or Scotland. There were plenty of settlers from places like Germany and Scandinavia, but they tended to settle in communities in what became the Northern States, and most of them were poor, so they didn't own slaves. Accordingly, when it was time to free the slaves, the slaves were owned by people whose ancestry is closely related to your own, rather than people named Schwartz or Christensen. That's how they came upon their names, and that's why there are so many of them with names from primarily English (or British, meaning the Commonwealth, if you prefer) sources. I hope that helps explain it for you. https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080918204244AAHGNR2