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  • Adelaide Lucy Ross (c.1829 - 1860)
  • Agness Bell (1799 - 1880)
    Agnes Davidson spelling by Marian Bell Agnes Bell (Davidson) spelling by Kate (Bell) McAllan This marriage record below appears to be for a different Agnes Davidson, who lived somewhat later, and i...
  • Alexander Davidson, Sr. (c.1701 - 1749)
  • Gen. Alexander H. Davidson, USA (c.1812 - 1858)
    Alexander H. Davidson was the third son of Rev. Andrew Baker Davidson and wife Susan Dorman. He was raised in Rockbridge County, Virginia. He attended Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. He beca...
  • Alexander M. Davidson (1773 - 1841)
    Birth: 1773 Gloucester Gloucester County Virginia, USA Death: Mar. 13, 1841 Montgomery County Missouri, USA no marker: Alexander Davidson was born in 1773 in Gloucester, Gloucester Co., Virginia. He ...

About the Davidson surname


This interesting Anglo-Scottish surname is a patronymic from the male Hebrew given name David. This crusader name meaning beloved of god was borne by the greatest of the early Kings of Israel, which led to its popularity first among Jews and later among the Christians throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. St. David, the 6th Century Bishop of Menevia, became patron saint of Wales, and the name was borne by two Kings of Scotland (David 1st, who reigned from 1124 to 1153, and David 11, who reigned from 1329 to 1371). David Clericus, recorded in Documents relating to the Danelaw, Lincolnshire, dated 1150, is one of the earliest recorded bearers of the personal name in England. The surname was first recorded in the early half of the 14th Century (see below), whilst John Davideson appears in a descriptive catalogue of Ancient Deeds, for the county of Warwickshire in 1350. In the modern idiom the surname has numerous variant spellings including Davison, Davson, Davisson, and Davids. William Davidson, one of the early settlers in the New World, was granted a special licence to "dig for all mines of gold and other metals in Jamaica, for two years" in March 1674, by King Charles11nd of England. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Davyson. This was dated 1327, in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward III, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377.

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