Davidson (name)

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For other uses, see Davidson (disambiguation).
Family name
Meaning "David's son"
Related names Davison, Davidsen, Davids

Davidson is a patronymic surname, meaning "son of David". There are alternate spellings called septs, including those common in the British Isles and Scandinavia: Davidsen, Davisson, Davison, Daveson, Davidsson. While the given name comes from the Hebrew "David", meaning beloved, Davidson is rarely used as a masculine given name or nickname. [1][2]

It is also an anglicised version of the Ashkenazi Jewish surname Davidovitch, Slavic for "son of David" and Davidoff.


Notable people with the surname Davidson include:





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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Dr. Ben Davidson, fictional character on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, portrayed by actor Mark Derwin
  • PC Andy Davidson, fictional character on the BBC science fiction series Torchwood, portrayed by actor Tom Price


  1. ^ "Davidson". behindthename.com. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Davidson, Name Meaning & Origin". about.com. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 

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