What does David mean?
David \d(a)-vid\ as a boys' name is pronounced DAY-vid. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of David is "beloved". Biblical: one of the most remarkable personalities in the Scriptures. David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king. He wrote about half of the Psalms and very likely composed music for them as well. He is the only David mentioned in the Bible; his name occurs there more than a thousand times. Today there are variants of the name in almost every language group. Saint David (sixth century) is the patron saint of Wales. In Scotland, David was a royal name. See also Dawson and Davion. Explorer David Livingstone; actors David Niven, David Arquette, David Duchovny, David Schwimmer; baseball celebrity Dave Winfield; TV host David Letterman; musician David Bowie; soccer player David Beckham.
David has 1 feminine form: Davina.
David is a very popular first name for males (#6 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#818 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of David for boys. David reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #18. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Popular variation forms of David (#18 the previous year) are Dawson (#320 the previous year), Davis (#446), Davion (#718), Davian (#753), Davin (#926), Davey, Dewey, Davy, Davon, Davie and Dave. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex in 2005 (usage of 0.3396%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.2349%, down 30.8%), with the forms Davin, Davion, Davon, Dave and Dewey falling out of style. Davis (#446), Dawson (#320) and Davian (#753) are three of the more trendy names for newborns among these, and there is also a revival in baby name usage for Davis. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of David and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)