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 (#873 out of 88799, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of David and related names. Popular variation forms of David (#18 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 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 and is somewhat lower today, with the forms Davin, Davion, Davon, Dewey and Dave falling out of style. Davis (#446), Dawson (#320) and Davian (#753) are three of the more trendy names for newborns among these, with Davis undergoing a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)