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Davis is a patronymic surname originating in Wales that means 'son of St. David '. It is the 45th most common surname in England and 68th most common in Wales.[1] According to the 2000 United States Census survey, 'Davis' was the 7th most frequently reported surname, accounting for 0.48% of the population, preceding Garcia and following Miller in its frequency. It continues as the 7th most common surname in the United States in 2014.[1] It is also recorded in the spellings of Davies, Davie, Dafis, Dafys and several others.

This surname is also found in Ireland.

Davis family tree and history-related websites

  • Davis Surname DNA Project: Testing results page hosted at RootsWeb.
  • Davis WorldConnect tree: Descendants of the Davis family of Essex County, MA with a concentration of the descendants of Cornelius Davis, 2nd (1693-1779), one of the original settlers of Stafford, Connecticut and the Millay family of Sagadahoc County, ME, primarily the descendants of James Millay (1755-1817) of County Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • The Davis Family History Pages: Family history including some of the descendants of Thomas Davis of Acton-Turville, Gloucestershire, England. Includes family immigrants and colonists between 1500-1847. Created by Mark K. Davis and hosted at RootsWeb. See Source:Davis Family History Pages.
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