Davidson (name)

Davidson (name)

Davidson is a patronymic surname, it means "son of David". There are alternate spellings called septs, including those common in the British Isles and Scandinavia: Davidsen, Davisson, Davison, Daveson, Davidsson. While the given name comes from the Hebrew "David", meaning beloved, Davidson is rarely used as a masculine given name or nickname. Davidson may refer to:[1][2]

Family name
Pronunciation \d(a)-vid-son\
Meaning "David's son"
Region of origin Various
Related names Davison, Davidsen, Davids







  • Lt. General Phillip Davidson (1915–1996), Vietnam War
  • Major General John (Black Jack) Davidson (1825–1881, Mexican-American War
  • Brigadier General Henry Brevard Davidson (1831–1899), American Civil War, Confederate Army
  • Brigadier General William Lee Davidson (1746–1781), United States War of Independence
  • Major James Davidson, United States War of Independence
  • Major John Davidson, United States War of Independence



  • Andrew B. Davidson (b. 1902), Scottish Hebrew scholar
  • Harold Davidson (1875–1937), English clergyman who was defrocked
  • Randall Davidson, 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth (1848–1930), Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Richard M. Davidson, Old Testament scholar
  • Samuel Davidson (1807–1898), Irish Biblical scholar



  • Adam Davidson (disambiguation)
  • Andy Davidson (disambiguation)
  • Bill Davidson (disambiguation)
  • Donald Davidson (disambiguation)
  • James Dale Davidson (?–?), American founder of the National Taxpayers Union
  • James Duncan Davidson (b. 1970), software engineer
  • Jim Davidson (disambiguation)
  • Jo Davidson, American sculptor
  • John Davidson (disambiguation)
  • John Davidson, 1st Viscount Davidson (1889–1970), British politician
  • Jonathan Davidson, British civil engineer and soldier
  • Neil Davidson (disambiguation)
  • Robert Laurenson Dashiell Davidson (1909–1998), philatelist of Missouri
  • William Davidson (b. 1923), American executive
  • William Davidson (lumberman) (1940–1790), Scottish settler in Canada
  • J. Norman Davidson (FRS), Scottish biochemist, pioneer molecular biologist and textbook author.
  • Related to the Harley-Davidson Motor Company:
    • Arthur Davidson (Harley-Davidson founder), co-founder
    • Walter Davidson (Harley-Davidson founder), co-founder
    • William Davidson (Harley-Davidson founder), co-founder
    • Willie G. Davidson, Head of Design; designer of the FX Super Glide, XLCR Sportster, FXSTSB Bad Boy, and other models.

Given name

Fictional characters

  • Dr. Ben Davidson, fictional character on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, portrayed by actor Mark Derwin.
  • PC Andy Davidson, fictional character on the BBC science fiction series Torchwood, portrayed by actor Tom Price


See also

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