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What does Davis mean?

Davis Pronunciation of Davis [davis] 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.

Associated with: old english, surname.


Davis has 8 variants: Dave, Davidson, Davies, Davison, Daviss, Davy, Dayson and Dayton.

14 more alternative forms via David: Daffy, Dai, Daven, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davie, Daviel, Davin, Davon, Davyd, Davydd and Davyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Davus, Devis, ..

(female) Davisa, Davisi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Davis Francis (D.F.), ..

How popular is 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 (#7 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Davis reached its top rank of #363 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #474. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Davis name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Davis (#474 last year) ranked in the Top 2000 are Dave, Daven, Davey, Davi (#1701 last year), David (#18), Davie, Davin (#955), Davon (#1153), Davy and Dayton (#767). Adoption of these forms of Davis reached its peak 55 years ago (adoption of 3.91%) and has become much diminished since (adoption 0.69%, 82%). David is more universally found than the rest, though Davis has become trendy as well, while versions like Dave are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Davis, Dave, Daven, Davey, Davi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of David, Davie, Davin, Davon, Davy, Dayton in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alvis, Arvis, Baris, Beavis, Bevis, Dacio, Dacius, Dain, Dallis, Dani, Danie, Danil, Darias, Daric, Darin, Dario, Darius, Darvin, Davar, Davian, Davien, Davion, Dawes, Denis, Devin, Elvis, Faris, Jaris, Jarvis, Kevis, Paris, Tavis, Tevis and Travis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Davis.

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