Davis 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 Davis mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Davis

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name Davis means "The son of dave".
  2. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Davis means "The name 'Davis' means 'Son of David' as in King David of the Bible. Hebrew origin".
  3. A submission from Utah, U.S. says the name Davis means "Beloved of Jehovah" and is of Hebrew origin.
  4. A user from South Dakota, U.S. says the name Davis means "BELOVED".
  5. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Davis means "handsome man".
  6. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name Davis is of American origin and means "Protector and Servant of GOD's People".
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  1. United States film actress (1908-1989)
  2. United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
  3. American statesman; president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)
  4. United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
  5. United States painter who developed an American version of cubism (1894-1964)
  6. English navigator who explored the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage (1550-1605)
  1. A Welsh and English patronymic surname​, a variant of Davies.
  2. An Irish surname​, adopted as an anglicization of Ó Damháin, Ó Daimhín (whence Devine).
  3. An Irish surname​, adopted as an anglicization of Mac Dáibhidh (whence McDavid).
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  5. An unincorporated community in Saskatchewan, Canada; named for politician Thomas Osborne Davis.
  6. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city in Yolo County, California; named for agriculturalist Jerome C. Davis.
    2. A city in Oklahoma; named for early settler Samuel H. Davis.
    3. A village in Illinois; named for founder S. J. Davis.
    4. A town in Tucker County, West Virginia; named for senator Henry Gassaway Davis, or his family.
    5. A census-designated place in North Carolina.
    6. A town in South Dakota; named for an early settler.
    7. An unincorporated community in Missouri.
    8. An unincorporated community in Logan County, West Virginia.
  7. University of California, Davis.

Davis was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Davis

Notable Persons Named Davis

David Ruffin

David Ruffin was a r&b, pop, soul, disco, gospel, rhythm, blues, and gospel music musician. His career lasted from 1956 to 1991. David was given the name Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18th, 1941 in Whynot, Mississippi, U.S. He left this life on June 1st, 1991.

Davis Guggenheim

Davis Guggenheim is a film director, television director, film producer, and television producer. His ongoing career started in 1991. Davis was given the name Philip Davis Guggenheim on November 3rd, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

Davis Webb

Davis Webb is a football player. Davis was born on January 22nd, 1995 in Prosper, Texas.

Dāvis Bertāns

Dāvis Bertāns is a basketball player for the Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, ASK Riga, BK Barons, KK Olimpija, KK Partizan, and Saski Baskonia. Their most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Dāvis was born on November 12th, 1992 in Valmiera, Latvia.

Davis Love III

Davis Love III is a golf player.

Davis Cleveland

Davis Cleveland is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Davis was born on February 5th, 2002 in Houston, Texas, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Davis

Notable Persons With the Last Name Davis

Viola Davis

Viola Davis is an actress. She was most active from 1992 to present. Viola was born on August 11th, 1965 in , U.S.

Bette Davis

Bette Davis was an actress. She was most active from 1929 to 1989. Bette was given the name Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5th, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S. She left this life on October 6th, 1989.

Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane is a hip hop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Gucci was given the name Radric Davis on February 12th, 1980 in Bessemer, Alabama, United States.

Miles Davis

Miles Davis was a jazz musician and bandleader. He plays Trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, organ, synthesizer, and Organ (music). He holds the title Petits Machins " and Go Ahead John". His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to 1975. Miles was given the name Miles Dewey Davis III on May 26th, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He breathed his last breath on September 28th, 1991.

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis was a President of the Confederate States, 23rd United States Secretary of War, and President of the Confederate States of America. His military service ended in 1835. Jefferson was born on June 3rd, 1808 in Christian County, Kentucky. He passed away on December 6th, 1889.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis is an actress, producer, writer, athlete, and model. Her ongoing career started in 1982. Geena was given the name Virginia Elizabeth Davis on January 21st, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.

  • Mackenzie Davis
  • Angela Yvonne Davis
  • Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Warwick Davis
  • Benjamin Walker
  • Anthony Davis
    Basketball Player
  • Q-Tip
  • Steve Davis
    Snooker World Champion
  • DJ Shadow
  • Ann B. Davis
  • Judy Davis
  • David Davis
    Chair of the Public Accounts Committee
  • Phil Davis
  • Hannah Davis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Davis U.S.
  White 62.20% 64.26%
  African American 31.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Davis

People with the last name Davis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Davis

  • What name lists does Davis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Davis? Davis is the 1,404th most popular name of all time. As a last name Davis was the 8th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Davis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 30,191 babies born with the first name Davis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Davis to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Davis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Davis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Davis is Sunday, December 26th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Davis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Davis was in 2007 with a total of 756 babies.
  • Random Davis Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Davis is not a popular baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 51 babies in Georgia have the same name in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Davis: The name spelled backwards is Sivad. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Adsvi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Davis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,116,357 people with the last name Davis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Davis? Davis was ranked as the 8th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Davis name meaning

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