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Meaning : The Davis surname derives from the Son of David meaning the beloved.
Variations : Davies, David, Davidson, Davison
Origins : English, Welsh

Brief History : The surname David is one of the most common surnames in the United States. The name Davis derives from David, which was first the name of the famous of the kings of Ireal, King David. The Jewish people first used this name, then it was adopted as a popular name among Christians living in Europe during the Middle Ages. In England, tSt. David, or the Patron St. Of Wales prolonged the poularity among the British people.

In 1402, Richard Davys, first recorded his name within the register of teh Freemen of the City of York. Later, William IV commissioned a painter of animals named Richard Barrett Davis who lived from 1782 to 1852.

Famous People : Jefferson Finis Davis (President of the Confederacy), Jonathan Houseman Davis (Frontman for musical group, Korn), Betty Davis (Seamstress who designed the first American flag for George Washington), Miles Davis (Influential American jazz artist), Angela Davis (political philosopher and black power activist )

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