Davies

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Davies
Family name
Region of origin Wales
Related names Davis, Davey, Davieson
Footnotes: Frequency Comparison: [1]

Davies is a patronymic Welsh surname. It derives from David (a Hebrew name meaning "beloved"),[2] the name of Wales's patron saint. In Wales the name is standardly pronounced /ˈdvɪs/ (DAY-viss), that is, identically to Davis. This pronunciation is also used by many outside the United Kingdom, where it competes with the spelling pronunciation /ˈdviz/ (DAY-veez).

Davies is the 2nd most common surname in Wales and 8th most common in England of Welsh descendants.[1] where it is particularly widespread in the south-west, especially Cornwall. It is not common in the United States where the spelling Davis is preferred.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Davies Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 21 January 2014
  2. ^ "Surname Database: Davies Last Name Origin". surnamedb.com. 
  3. ^ "Davis Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 21 January 2014