One of the more common surnames is a patronymic one meaning the son of David. This surname is known as Davies and there are many different variations to it. For starters, this is a highly popular name in Wales seeing as though the patron saint is David. Furthermore, during the 19th century when the Welsh Not was first introduced, those who carried the surname of Dafis changed to Davies. Throughout the entire southwestern portion of Britain the name Davies is very commonly used. This can be seen no truer then in Cornwall where one will see the many different variations of the name that includes Davis, Davye, Davie, Davey, Davyse as well as Daves. There has also been plenty of argument with regards to whether or not the name’s commonness in Cornwall comes from the patronymic transfer of surnames or if it comes from the concept that a number of those who share the name in the region have come from Devonshire.
While the use of the surname Davies is pretty widespread throughout the United States and there have been many different famous persons through U.S. history that have used the name, it is more common in southwestern Britain which has led to an increased number of famous persons on the island who have used the name Davies. Adrian Davies for example was shared between a famous English barrister and a Welsh rugby player. While Adrienne was known in American music, Alex as well as Alun Davies was English musicians. At the same time, Andrew Davies is a very popular name and is shared between English footballers, Welsh cricketers as well as English writers and politicians. You also cannot forget Ann Davies whose name was shares with English Actresses, and American occultist as well as a 1949 bronze medalist for figure skating in the Olympics.
There has been a number of Ben Davies in both variations that include Ben as well as Benjamin who have been known for their teaching, athleticism as well as media roles. You can’t forget the awkward combination of David or Dave Davies which has also been very popular. So popular in fact that there has been a number known in the English rock industry, American television industry, the church, the Lord Mayor of London, activists, historians and even in the Opera. On top of all of this though, you then have David Davies who are the children, and grandchildren of the Welsh industrialist called David Davies and each one of them have held the title of Baron.
There have been so many famous persons who have used the last name Davies that some may begin to wonder whether being born as a Davies is an entrance into the potential for achieving greatness at some point in one’s life. So to say that you will be unable to find a famous person in your lineage will be next to impossible. The hardest part of researching this aspect of your ancestry though is the fact that the name is just way too common which means tracing your past may become difficult at certain junctures in your research.
Original Authors: Nick
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Updated On: 04/04/2009