The surname Davis is derived from the first name David meaning " the beloved one " . In the United States, Davis is the 7th most common surname, while the Davies variant comes in at 988. In Great Britain, this surname popularity is reduced; there Davies is the 6th most common surname overall, while Davis is the 54th most common surname. The name is first recorded in 14th Century records when John Davisse is registered in The Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1327. The earliest record of the name in the New World occurs in 1634 when Dolor Davis arrived in Cambridge Massachusetts from England. Today there are just over 1 million bearers of the surname Davis living in the Unites States.
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