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Davis Name Meaning

English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’ equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans. Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies . In some cases also an Americanized form (actually an adoption of the name in 1 above) of Jewish Davidovich and of its cognate Davidsohn.

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

Similar surnames: Davids, Davies, David, Lavis, Danis, Davi, Davie, Days, Dabbs, Bavis

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Where is the Davis family from?

You can see how Davis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Davis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Davis families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 14,474 Davis families living in London. This was about 21% of all the recorded Davis's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Davis families in 1891.
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What did your Davis 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 Davis. 6% of Davis men worked as a General Labourer and 62% of Davis women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Davis were Bricklayer and Private Means. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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There are 418,000 immigration records available for the last name Davis. 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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There are 1 million military records available for the last name Davis. For the veterans among your Davis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Davis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Davis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Davis in 1940 was 37, and 72 in 2004.

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