What does Dewey mean?
Dewey /dewey/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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 popularity of Dewey for boys. Dewey was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #94 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Dewey ranked in the Top 1000 are Dave, Davey, David (#18 in 2014), Davie, Davin (#926), Davis (#446), Davon and Davy. Forms like Davyn are uncommon. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3608%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1789%, 50.4% less), with the forms Dave, Davin, Davon and Dewey becoming less trendy. Davis (#446) is the most trendy baby name in this list, and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for this name. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dewey and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)