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What does Dave mean?

Dave Pronunciation of Dave as a name for boys is of Hebrew and Old English origin, and the meaning of the name Dave is "beloved; son of David". Dave is a variant form of David (Hebrew). Dave is also a form of Davis (Old English).

ASSOCIATED WITH Da-, old english


RELATIONS VIA DAVID, DAVIS Daffy, Dai, Daven, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Daviss, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd, Davyn



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How popular is Dave?

Dave is a very prominent first name for males (#271 out of 1220, Top 22%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#7630 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Dave reached its apex rank of #108 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dave name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dave outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Dave ranked in the Top 2000 are Daven, Davey, Davi (#1701 IN RECENT RANKINGS), David (#18), Davie, Davin (#955), Davis (#474), Davon (#1153) and Davy. These relations of Dave reached the peak of their popularity 55 years ago (ADOPTION OF 3.91%) and are now significantly less widespread (ADOPTION 0.67%, DOWN 83%). David has generally been popular among parents, though Davis has become popular as well, while forms like David are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dave, Daven, Davey, Davi, David in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Davie, Davin, Davis, Davon, Davy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of David outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dave is alike in pronunciation to Dev and Dov. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ave, Dace, Dacey, Dack, Dacy, Dade, Daeg, Dag, Dagen, Dago, Dahey, Dahy, Daile, Dain, Daine, Dal, Dale, Dalen, Daley, Dalle, Daly, Damek, Damen, Dan, Dana, Dane, Danek, Dani, Danie, Dann, Dante, Dar, Dard, Darek, Darel, Daren, Dart, Daveon, Davien, Davyen, Daw, Dawe, Dawes, Dax, Day, Daye, Dayle, Dayne, Deane, Dee, Deke, Dene, Dice, Doane, Dore, Dover, Dowe, Drake, Draven, Dre, Drue, Duane, Duke, Dwade, Dwane, Dyce, Garve, Harve, Ive, Marve, Olave, Reave and Reve. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dave.

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