Meaning and name origin
David \d(a)-vid\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of David: Davina.
David is a very popular first name for males (#6 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#873 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name David for boys. David reached its highest rank of #2 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name David and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are David (#18), Dawson (#320), Davis (#446), Davion (#718), Davian (#753), Davin (#926), Davey, Dewey, Davy, Davon, Davie and Dave. (2014 statistics).