Meaning and Name Origin
Davis \d(a)-vis\ as a boys' name is pronounced DAY-viss. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Davis is "son of David". Short form of surname that was first used in the Middle Ages. Also a variant of David. Confederate President Jefferson Davis; actor Brad Davis.
Davis is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#684 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#6 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Davis for boys. Davis reached its top rank of #363 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #446. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Davis and associated names. Popular alternative forms of Davis (#446 last year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Dave, Davey, David (#18 last year), Davie, Davin (#926), Davon, Davy and Dayton (#702). Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in 2003 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Dave, Davin and Davon becoming less trendy. Davis (#446) and Dayton (#702) are two of the more fashionable boy names among these, with both names enjoying a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Tavis. This name tends to be less commonly used than Davis.