What does Dewey mean?
Dewey [dewey] as a boys' name is pronounced DOO-ee. It is of Welsh origin. Place name and surname; a variant of David. Melvil Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System in 1876 which was used as the organizing principle for the majority of American libraries, until the Library of Congress changed the act and all the numbers.
Associated with: surname.
(male) Dawey, Dewen, ..
(female) Deweyne, Dewne, ..
How popular is Dewey?
Dewey is a very prominent first name for men (#434 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#2716 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name statistics of Dewey for boys. Dewey reached its highest rank of #94 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Dewey ranked in the Top 2000 are Dave (#1883 in 2014), Daven, Davey, David (#18) and Davy. Usage of these forms of Dewey was more pronounced in the 1960s (adoption of 3.91%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.64%, 84% less), with forms like Dewey becoming less trendy.
Dewey▼ is pronounced similarly to Daw, Dawe, Day, Daye, De-, Dee▼, Dow and Dowe. Other recommended names are Dacey, Dahey, Daley, Dawes, Dawley, Deen, Deke, Dekel, Deker, Denbey, Denby, Dene, Denley, Denly, Denney, Denny▼, Derbey, Derby, Derek▼, Derry, Deven▼, Dexy, Drewry, Hewney and Levey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dewey.