Meaning and name origin
Davis \d(a)-vis\ as a boy's 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 popular first name for males (#684 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#6 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Davis for boys. Davis reached its highest rank of #363 in the U.S. in 2001. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Davis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are David (#18), Davis (#446), Dayton (#702), Davy and Dave. (2014 statistics).