Davis (surname)

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Family name
Pronunciation /ˈdvs/ DAY-viss
Meaning "Son of David"
Region of origin Wales
Related names Davies, David, Davison
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons: [1]

Davis is a patronymic surname originating in Wales that means 'son of St. David '.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

This surname is also found in Ireland.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Davis Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 23 January 2014
  2. ^ A dictionary of Irish surnames: with special American instances. ; Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell,. London. H. Frowde. 1901
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau (2000). Retrieved on 2008-07-04
  4. ^ "Surname Database: Davies Last Name Origin". 
  5. ^ "Davis Surname, Family Crest & Coats of Arms". 

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