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.
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 2 years ago), Davie, Davin (#926), Davis (#446), Davon and Davy. Other forms, like Davyn, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Dewey was more pronounced during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3608%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1789%, 50.4% less), with the forms Dave, Davin, Davon and Dewey becoming less trendy. David has historically been preferred by parents, while Davis has also become popular as well. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dewey and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)