National Davis Day, which falls on January 6, has nothing to do with Bette Davis and Miles Davis. It’s all about all the people, mostly boys and men, named Davis. There are not that many Davis’ in the world, as most parents decide to name their child David when it comes to looking up names starting with the letter ‘d.’ However, that is not to say there are no Davis’ in the world, especially in the U.K. and the U.S., where Davis is a popular name given to English-speaking children or children born into predominantly English families. All we know is that Davis’ are unique, determined and usually have great leadership qualities.
History of National Davis Day
You probably know a few people and celebrities with the surname Davis, but how many people named Davis do you know? Not a lot, right? That is because Davis is mainly associated with being someone’s surname, their family name, not their given name at birth. When used as a given name, it becomes a fresh, modern take on tradition. This British believe that the name symbolizes the eternal love for a baby, which makes it a modern go-to for new parents.
Many know Davis as a patronymic English surname derived from the given name David, which is derived from the Hebrew “Dodaveha,’ meaning ‘Jehovah’s beloved.’ David was Israel’s second and arguably greatest king, which led to his name becoming popular among Jews and Christians throughout Europe in medieval times. In the 14th century, the surname ‘Dauisse’ appeared, which later evolved into Davys and finally Davis. Davis is a masculine given name that is primarily used in the U.S.
The number one personality trait of someone named Davis is that they are a leader — strong and competitive. They are willing to take the initiative and take risks. Individuals with solid determination work hard toward their goals and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be deterred by obstacles. They dislike taking orders, so don’t try telling them what to do. This individual is enthusiastic and forward-thinking. They are distinctively unique.
National Davis Day timeline
“The Tao of Muhammad Ali,” a book by American author, Davis Miller, is published.
A Nigerian LGBT rights activist named Davis Mac-Iyalla establishes the Nigerian wing of the British Changing Attitude organization.
The Canadian cricketer, Davis Joseph, bowls out sporting icon Sachin Tendulkar at the Commonwealth Games for just two runs.
The pilot episode of a rebooted “Melrose Place,” directed by American filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, premieres.
National Davis Day FAQs
How rare is the first name Davis?
From 1880 to 2018, the highest recorded use of this name was in 2007, when 756 babies were born.
What does Davis mean in the Bible?
Davis is a patronymic Welsh surname that means ‘son of David.’ It was derived from the Hebrew name David, which means ‘beloved.’
Where was the name Davis first found?
Davis came into the scene in the 12th century. It was used in England and Scotland as a surname.
National Davis Day Activities
Read up on Davis Mac-Iyalla
This famous LGBT rights activist was fired from his job as principal of a local Anglican children's school in July 2003 due to his homosexuality. He became an activist and began working with Changing Attitude, an organization supporting LGBT youth.
Read “The Tao of Muhammad Ali”
Davis Miller's adolescence, his idolization of Muhammad Ali, and his subsequent discovery of martial arts are all covered in this book. You can track it down at your local library or online and give it a read to honor National Davis Day.
Write a letter to your favorite Davis
Writing letters is an art that very few people still practice because these days, we have text messages, emails, and phone calls. But there is still so much to be said about a written letter that is sent from one person to another.
5 Famous People Called Davis
Allen was a furniture and interior designer from the U.S. and a pioneer in the design of interior corporate environments.
Bitton was a founding member and president of the Mormon History Association, a history professor at the University of Utah, and an official Assistant Church Historian in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Daniel is a country music artist from the U.S.
Keillor-Dunn is a professional footballer who plays for Oldham Athletic as a midfielder.
Davis Ansah Opoku
Opoku is a Ghanaian politician and a member of Parliament.
Why We Love National Davis Day
They are leaders
Davis’ are usually strong and dependable leaders. Having a Davis in your life will certainly positively impact you.
They strive for success
Davis’ are driven to want to succeed. So, take a page out of their book and work harder towards your achievements.
They are enthusiastic
We love how enthusiastic Davis’ can be when it comes to what inspires them. We too can get inspired just by listening to them speak and encourage us.
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