When Edgar Leroy Davis was born on 18 March 1852, in Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States, his father, John Hiram Davis Jr., was 39 and his mother, Ruby Ann Merriman, was 35. He married Elizabeth Corbin on 12 January 1879, in Afton, Chenango, New York, United States. He lived in Afton, Chenango, New York, United States in 1860. He died on 23 April 1937, in Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Chenango, New York, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Eastside Cemetery, Afton, Chenango, New York, United States.
English and Welsh: patronymic meaning ‘Dafydd's (son)’, equivalent to Welsh ap Dafydd, the Welsh form of David . The spelling Davis is more typical in southwestern England northwards as far as Lancashire, where the frequency of the surname largely reflects Welsh migration, but may sometimes represent a native English surname based on Davy (compare Davies ). Davis (including in the sense 2 below) is the eighth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans.
Irish and Scottish: adopted for Gaelic Mac Daibhéid ‘son of David’; see McDevitt . Compare Davies .
History: John Davis or Davys (c. 1550–1605) was an English navigator who searched for the Northwest Passage. — By the 18th century there were numerous persons named Davis in America, including the jurist John Davis, born in 1761 in Plymouth, MA, and Henry Davis, a clergyman and college president, who was born in 1771 in East Hampton, NY. — Jefferson Davis, born in 1808 in KY, was president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865.