THE Davis family is among the forty-nine “best families” selected by the American Historical-Genealogical Society for whom the Society has published family histories during the past few years. The Davis family has been prominent in the British Empire and in the United States, its members having played important roles in war and in peace. Family pride is a commendable trait and should be cultivated. All Davises have just cause to be proud of their family history and traditions.
Davis is a Welsh surname, and the family is among the most numerous
in England and Wales. This is due to the fact that there are so many variations of the name. The original name was David — which signifies well- beloved — popular in Biblical days and a favorite among the Scottish kings.
Though of ancient standing in Wales, David scarcely appears in England
before the Conquest. Modified in various forms, it has produced many
family names such as Davis, Davidson, Davies, Daves, Dawson, Dawes,
Day, Dakin, etc. The Irish form is M’Daid; the French, Devis.