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What does David mean?

David /dav-id/ [2 sylls.] 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 21 variants: Daffy, Daffyd, Dafydd, Dai, Dave, Daven, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davidson, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Davis, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd and Davyn.

Related boy names: Dajon, Davian, Dewey and Tab.

David has 4 more alternative forms via Davion, Dawson: Daveon, Daw, Dawe and Dawes.

David has 1 feminine form: Davina.

Kreatif forms: Daviddu, Devid. [more]

How popular is David?

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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of David, Dave, Davey, Davian, Davie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of 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, Dawson outside U.S.

Similar Names

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