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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.

The earliest occurrence of the Davies surname in our family history documents is from 1392, and we currently have 4,732,035 records where Davies appears.

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