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Meaning and name origin

Dewey \de-wey\ as a boy's 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.


Dewey has 2 variant forms: Dewi and Dewie.


Dewey is a very popular first name for males (#434 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2841 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dewey for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dewey name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dewey and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are David (#18) and Dewey. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of David, Dewey in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dewey is also pronounced similarly to Dawe, Dee and Dowe. Another suggested similar baby name is Dahey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dewey.