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Origins of the Davey surname

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What does the name Davey mean?

Davey is an English and Scottish surname. It is believed to be a patronymic name, coming from those who are in the line of someone of the given name 'David', for which 'Davey' is a diminutive or pet form. Although present in Ireland, this name is thought to have exclusively been brought over through settlement rather than having a separate origination on the island.

Alternative variations of the name Davey

Davey, Davie, Davey, Davee, Dave

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Where do most Daveys live?

In 1921, most Daveys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Daveys

How common is your surname?

357th most common surname in the UK

We have 127,000 records for the Davey surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Daveys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Davey first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary

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Common jobs for Daveys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Daveys in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




Common Male occupations for Daveys in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


Farm Labourer




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