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Davidson Family History

Davidson Name Meaning

Scottish northern English and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the personal name David + -son. As a Jewish name the last element comes from German Sohn ‘son’. Irish (Down) and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Americanized form (and a rare Swedish variant) of Swedish Davidsson: patronymic from the personal name David . Americanized form of Norwegian Danish and North German Davidsen a cognate of 3 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Davidsen, Davisson, Davison, David, Davids, Arvidson, Davidoff

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Where is the Davidson family from?

You can see how Davidson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Davidson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Davidson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,847 Davidson families living in Northumberland. This was about 18% of all the recorded Davidson's in United Kingdom. Northumberland had the highest population of Davidson families in 1891.
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What did your Davidson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Davidson. 8% of Davidson men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Davidson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Davidson were Retired and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 155,000 immigration records available for the last name Davidson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 141,000 military records available for the last name Davidson. For the veterans among your Davidson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Davidson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Davidson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Davidson in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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