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Origins of the Davidson surname

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What does the name Davidson mean?

Davidson is an English and Scottish surname. It is understood to be a patronymic name, given to those who are the son or in the line of someone named David. The name has particular prevalence in Scotland and the North of England.

Alternative variations of the name Davidson

Davidson, Davidsone, Davidsen, Davidsonn, Davitson

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Where do most Davidsons live?

In 1921, most Davidsons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Davidsons

How common is your surname?

195th most common surname in the UK

We have 204,000 records for the Davidson surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Davidsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Davidson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Davidsons

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

Common Female occupations for Davidsons in 1921


Domestic Servant








Common Male occupations for Davidsons in 1921
Coal Miner




Farm Servant






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