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Origins of the Davies surname

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What does the name Davies mean?

The surname Davies is a patronymic Welsh name, the second most common name in Wales. The root word of the Davies surname (Dyfed or Dafydd) has been recorded as early as the 1100s, with a number of possible origins. Most often, Davies refers to the 'son of David', but can also refer to those from Dyfed, an area of south-western Wales. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Davies surname is particularly prevalent amongst those of Welsh heritage.

Alternative variations of the name Davies

Davies, Davis, Devis, Daves, Divis

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Where do most Davieses live?

In 1921, most Davieses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Davieses

How common is your surname?

7th most common surname in the UK

We have 1,620,000 records for the Davies surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Davieses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Davies first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Davieses

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

Common Female occupations for Davieses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Davieses in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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