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What does David mean?

David Pronunciation of David as a boys' name is pronounced DAY-vid. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of David is "beloved". Biblical: one of the most remarkable personalities in the Scriptures. David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king. He wrote about half of the Psalms and very likely composed music for them as well. He is the only David mentioned in the Bible; his name occurs there more than a thousand times. Today there are variants of the name in almost every language group. Saint David (sixth century) is the patron saint of Wales. In Scotland, David was a royal name. See also Dawson and Davion. Explorer David Livingstone; actors David Niven, David Arquette, David Duchovny, David Schwimmer; baseball celebrity Dave Winfield; TV host David Letterman; musician David Bowie; soccer player David Beckham.


ASSOCIATED WITH soldier (warrior), prophet, saint, scotland


VARIANTS Daffy, Daffyd, Dafydd, Dai, Dave, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davidson, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Davis, Daven, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd, Davyn

SEE ALSO Dajon, Davian, Dewey, Tab



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How popular is David?

David is a very popular first name for males (#6 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#818 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

David reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #22. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of David name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of David (#22 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Dawson (#194), Davis (#507), Davion (#938), Davian (#993), Davon (#1295), Davin (#1318), Davi (#1841), Dave (#1949), Dajon, Dewey, Davy, Davie, Davey, Daveon, Daven and Tab. Usage of these forms of David was common 6 decades ago (USAGE OF 3.92%) and is now much diminished (USAGE 0.73%, 81%), with forms like Davon going out of style. Dawson and Davis are two of the more trendy names for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of David, Dajon, Dave, Daven, Daveon in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Davey, Davi, Davian, Davie, Davin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Davion, Davis, Davon, Davy, Dawson in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dewey, Tab in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Arvid, Dacio, Dain, Dani, Danie, Danil, Dard, Daric, Darin, Dario, Darvin, Davar, Davien, Daviss, Devin, Farid, Hamid, Jarid, Majid, Nagid, Navid, Ovid, Said, Sayid, Tavid, Walid and Yazid. These names tend to be less commonly used than David.

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