Davis / Family History
The Davis ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Davis is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Daved', nicknamed Davey. This name is of Welsh descent spreading to England, Ireland and Scotland in early times, and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Richard Davi, of Suffolk, England, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273 and a Johannes Davis who was recorded in the 'Poll tax of the West Riding Of Yorkshire', in the year 1379. A John Davyson and Elizabeth Bella were granted a marriage license in London, in the year 1526 and a Bevan Davy was buried in Saint Peter, Cornhill, in the year 1579. A Meg Davy was recorded in Aberdeen, Scotland, in the year 1408. In Ireland Davis families were a branch of the Burkes of Connaught and in the sixteenth century owned a large area of County Galway known as MacDavies Country.The Davis family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Davis descendants.