Davidson Family History

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Davidson Name Meaning

Scottish, northern English, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the personal name David. As a Jewish name, the last element comes from German Sohn ‘son’. Americanized spelling of Norwegian and Danish Davidsen or Swedish Davidsson, patronymics from the personal name David.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Davidsen, Davisson, Davison, David, Davids, Arvidson, Davidoff

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Davidson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Davidson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Davidson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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Davidson Family Origin

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Davidson Family Occupations

What did your Davidson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, School and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Davidson. The most common Davidson occupation in Canada was Farmer. 35% of Davidson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Davidson family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • School

  • Going To School

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Davidson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Davidson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 928,000 census records available for the last name Davidson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Davidson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 155,000 immigration records available for the last name Davidson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 141,000 military records available for the last name Davidson. For the veterans among your Davidson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Davidson Life Expectancy

What is the average Davidson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Davidson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Davidson in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Davidson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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