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What does Dewey mean?

Dewey Pronunciation of 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.




VARIANTS Dewi, Dewie

RELATIONS VIA DAVID Daffy, Dave, Daven, Davey, Davy

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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)

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. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Dewey ranked in the Top 2000 are Dave (#1949 IN 2018), Daven, Davey, David (#22) and Davy. Usage of these forms of Dewey was more pronounced in the 1960s (ADOPTION OF 3.91%) and is now significantly less (ADOPTION 0.54%, 86% LESS), with forms like Dewey becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dewey, Dave, Daven, Davey, David, Davy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dewey is pronounced similarly to Daw, Dawe, Day, Daye, De-, Dee, Dow and Dowe. Other recommended sound-alike names are Dacey, Dahey, Daley, Davey, 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.