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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.


David has 21 variant forms: Daffy, Daffyd, Dafydd, Dai, Dave, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davidson, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Davis, Daven, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd and Davyn.

For more information, see also related boy names Dajon, Davian, Dewey and Tab.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of David name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dave, Davey, Davian, David, Davie, Davin, Davion, Davis, Davon, Davy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dawson, Dewey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of David, Davin, Davis, Dawson outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Navid and Tavid. These names tend to be less commonly used than David.