David name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name David mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of David

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from North Carolina, U.S. says the name David means "Brave,beloved,gift of god," and is of Hebrew origin.
  2. According to 3 people from Oregon, U.S., the name David is of Hebrew origin and means "Beloved of God".
  3. A user from Australia says the name David is of Hebrew origin and means "Beloved, loved by God".
  4. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name David means "A male name. Hebrew 'beloved'. One of the first bearers of this name in Britain was David or Dewi, Archbishop of Menevia (d. 601), later canonized and the patron saint of Wales. From his time the name has been a favourite one in Wales. In Scotland it wa3 the name of two kings, David I 1084-153, and David II 1324-71, and has also always been common" and is of Hebrew origin.
  5. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name David is of Hawaiian origin and means "Kawikana: Is an old name for David in the Hawaiian language. Kawika: Is more commonly used today. However the name David does not originate from the Hawaiian language, the Hawaiian name for David does. It means Cherished Ruler or Beloved King or Ruler or the one that rules as Chief".
  6. 22 submissions from all over the world agree the name David means "Beloved" and is of Hebrew origin.
  7. A user from Sweden says the name David is of Hebrew origin and means "Beloved Friend".
  8. A submission from Nigeria says the name David means "Well beloved" and is of Hebrew origin.
  9. 2 submissions from the United States and Indonesia agree the name David means "The king of israel,the almighty king who defeated goliath" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
  10. 2 submissions from New York, U.S. agree the name David means "Gift of god" and is of English origin.
  11. According to 4 people from all over the world, the name David is of Hebrew origin and means "King".
  12. 2 people from the United States and Hong Kong agree the name David is of Hebrew origin and means "Brave".
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  1. (Old Testament) the 2nd king of the Israelites; as a young shepherd he fought Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior) and killed him by hitting him in the head with a stone flung from a sling; he united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital; many of the Psalms are attributed to David (circa 1000-962 BC)
  2. French neoclassical painter who actively supported the French Revolution (1748-1825)
  3. Patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)

From Middle English David, Davyd, Davyde (reinforced by Anglo-Norman, cf. modern Jersey Norman Dâvi), from Old English David, borrowed from Latin David, Davidus, from Koine Greek Δαυίδ (Dauíd), Δαβίδ (Dabíd), borrowed from Biblical Hebrew דּוד‎ (Dāwîḏ, literally “beloved”).

  1. A male given name from Hebrew.
  2. (biblical) The second king of Judah and Israel, the successor of Saul in the Old Testament.
  3. A patronymic surname​ common in Wales, in honor of the ancient Saint David of Wales.
  4. (rare) A female given name, often combined with a feminine middle name (e.g. David Ann).

David was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Cebuano, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named David

Notable Persons Named David

David Bowie

David Bowie was a singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He holds the title Ziggy Stardust" and Heroes". His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to 2016. David was given the name David Robert Jones on January 8th, 1947 in Brixton, London, England. He died on January 10th, 2016.

David Luiz

David Luiz is a soccer player for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C., São Paulo FC, Esporte Clube Vitória, S.L. Benfica, Chelsea F.C., Brazil national under-20 football team, and Brazil national football team. David was born on April 22nd, 1987 in Diadema, Brazil.

Dave Franco

Dave Franco is an actor and comedian. His ongoing career started in 2006. Dave was given the name David John Franco on June 12th, 1985 in Palo Alto, California, U.S.

David Cameron

David Cameron is a for Witney, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Skills, Member of Parliament, forWitney, Leader of the Opposition (United Kingdom), Leader of the Conser. David was born on October 9th, 1966 in Marylebone, London, United Kingdom.

David Beckham

David Beckham is a businessman, model, spokesperson, association football, footballer, and (retired). David was given the name David Robert Joseph Beckham on May 2nd, 1975 in Leytonstone, London, England.

David Haye

David Haye is a boxer. David was born on October 13th, 1980 in England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name David

Notable Persons With the Last Name David


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Larry David

Larry David is an improvisational theatre, observational comedy, sketch comedy, deadpan, and political satire comedian. Larry was given the name Lawrence Gene David on July 2nd, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Saint David

Saint David was a saint. He holds the title Bishop. Saint was born in 500 in Caerfai, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He died on March 1st, 0589.

Keith David

Keith David is an actor, singer, voice artist, comedian, and singing. He has been prominent since 1979. Keith was given the name Keith David Williams on June 4th, 1956 in Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

Craig David

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Ziva David

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Common last names for David

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Walker

Common first names for David

  • John
  • Mary
  • Joseph
  • William
  • George
  • Robert
  • James
  • Charles
  • Edward
  • Anna
  • Helen
  • Margaret
  • Frank
  • Richard
  • Thomas
  • Ruth
  • Arthur
  • Paul
  • Michael

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity David U.S.
  White 59.45% 64.26%
  African American 14.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name David

People with the last name David are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name David

  • What name lists does David rank for?
  • How Popular is the name David? David is the 7th most popular name of all time. In 2019 David was the 27th most popular name. As a last name David was the 782nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name David have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,643,465 babies born with the first name David in the United States. That's more than enough people named David to occupy the country of Kuwait with an estimated population of 3,582,054 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named David? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 869 new born babies.
  • When was David first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name David is Tuesday, October 26th, 1802.
  • What year had the most people named David born? The highest recorded use of the first name David was in 1955 with a total of 86,285 babies. That's a lot of babies named David!
  • Random David Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name David ranks 4th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 1,732 babies in Michigan have the same name in 1977.
  • Weird things about the name David: The name spelled backwards is Divad. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Iddav. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name David? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 44,040 people with the last name David.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of David? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have David as their last name.
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