David Name Meaning

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What Does David Mean?

The name David has deep Biblical roots and means "beloved." It is derived from the Hebrew name Dawid, which evolved from the Hebrew word dod (beloved).

In the Bible, David is an important figure and appears as the Old Testament second king of Israel. As a young shepherd, he defeats the giant Philistine Goliath with a slingshot. The name has special meaning in Jewish culture, with the Star of David being the symbol of Judaism.

  • Origin: The name David comes from the Hebrew word dod (beloved). David was the second king of Israel.
  • Gender: David is historically used as a boy name. Though not as popular, feminine variations of the name include Daveigh, Davetta, and Davida.
  • Pronunciation: DAY-vidh

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name David?

David is a name that has been popular in the United States for over a century. David debuted on the Social Security Administration list of baby names at #32 in 1900, the first year data was available. After that, it remained just as popular, if not more, and only slipped down once to #33 in 1903.

The name David steadily increased in popularity until it hit the #1 spot as the most popular boy name in America in 1960. Then, it hovered in the top 10 names for boys for the next several decades.

In 1993, it dropped out of the top 10 and slowly began to decrease in popularity. The latest data from 2019 shows that the name David is now ranked #27.

Name Variations

As it is a Biblical name, David has an equivalent in many known languages, including:

  • Dafydd (Welsh)
  • Daihbi (Irish)
  • Daividh (Scottish)
  • Daoud (Arabian)
  • Dauf (Arabic)
  • Davide (French)
  • Davidde (Italian)
  • Davito (Spanish)
  • Daveed (Russian)
  • Dewey (Welsh)
  • Davidek (Czech)

Similar Names

Other boy names from the Old Testament:

  • Daniel
  • Aaron
  • Abraham
  • Benjamin
  • Jonathan
  • Noah
  • Samuel
  • Jesse

Other boy names starting with D:

  • Darren
  • Dexter
  • Douglas
  • Donald
  • Darrel
  • Darren
  • Dennis
  • Diego

Common Nicknames

Common nicknames for David include:

  • Dave: Suggests a more casual but still reliable figure. Dave Matthews the musician, and Dave Chappelle the comedian, use their nickname professionally.
  • Davy/Davey/Davie: Less formal than Dave, the nickname Davy conjures up a more playful spirit. Many boys nicknamed Davy often grow up to be called Dave although some will retain their impish boyhood pet name. Davy Jones was a member of the popular band The Monkees from the 1960s, known for his youthful energy and mischievous humor.

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Jonathan
  • Joshua
  • Daniel
  • Joseph
  • Donavan
  • Rebecca
  • Miriam
  • Abigail
  • Rachel

Famous People Named David

Famous Davids:

  • David Beckham, English former professional football player
  • David Spade, American actor and comedian
  • David Bowie, English singer-songwriter, actor
  • David Letterman, American late-night talk show host
  • David Alan Grier, American actor and comedian
  • David Schwimmer, American actor best known as "Ross" in popular sitcom "Friends"
  • David Copperfield, American magician and illusionist
  • David Lee Roth, American rock musician, singer, songwriter
  • David Duchovny, American actor best known for role in television series "The X-Files"
  • David, the masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, created by Italian artist Michelangelo

Famous Davys

  • Davy Crockett, American folk hero, frontiersman, and politician
  • Davy Jones, member of the popular 1960s band The Monkees
  • Davy Klaassen, Dutch professional footballer who plays for the Netherlands national team

Famous Daves:

  • Dave Coulier, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor, and impressionist who became a household name as "Uncle Joey" in 1990's television show "Full House"
  • Dave Matthews, American musician and founding member of Dave Matthews Band
  • Dave Chappelle, American stand-up comedian and actor

Fictional Davids:

  • David Rose, character in the popular Canadian sitcom "Schitt's Creek"
  • David Brent, character in the BBC television show "The Office"
  • David Silver, character in the classic 1990s television show "Beverly Hills, 90210"
  • David Seville, dad character in the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" franchise
  • David, main character in the "No, David!" children's picture book series

More Baby Names

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