Additional information: The name David is a male name of Hebrew origin, with the Hebrew דָּוִד meaning ‘beloved’. David was the name of the second king of Israel - the same David from the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. The name has particular relevance for both Christians and Jews, with the Jewish Star of David being named after this king. David is also the name of the patron saint of Wales who founded various monastic settlements, and is said to have performed several miracles. St David's, where he was buried, is the smallest city in the UK. It has only 2000 residents, but does boast a cathedral.
There are a number of Welsh variant spellings, including Dafydd, Dai, Dewi, and Taffy. Other spellings including Davide (Italian), Dawid (Polish), and Taavi (Finnish). The most common feminine form of David is Davina, and nicknames for both of these names are Dave, Davey, Davie, and Davy. The most common misspelling of David is ‘Daivd’.
David has steadily remained in the top fifty names for boys in the USA, and stayed in the top ten names between 1937 and 1991. Its popularity has declined slightly since the start of the 21st century, but it has stayed in the top twenty. David enjoys high popularity in central and eastern European countries, and was in the top ten in Austria (#3 in 2006), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain (#4 in 2006) and Slovenia during 2014. It has, however, fallen in popularity in the UK; it was the fiftieth most popular name in England and Wales in 2013.
As one of the better known soccer players in the world, David Beckham has contributed much to the popularity of the name David. Other famous people named David are David Schwimmer (actor), David Hasselhoff (actor), and David Letterman (talk show host).
The most popular legend surrounding the patron saint of Wales, St David, suggests that a small hill formed from the ground he stood on while preaching. This led the historian John Davies to remark that he couldn’t think “of any miracle more superfluous” than the creation of another hill in the already hilly country of Wales.
Pronunciation: (DAY vid), (da VEED) Form of: Itself (David) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Considering David as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering David for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name David is a boy name.
The name David is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially Armenian speaking countries, Czech speaking countries, Dutch speaking countries, English speaking countries, French speaking countries, Slovak speaking countries, Spanish speaking countries, Welsh speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby David we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
David Name Meaning
The meaning of David is “Beloved”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of David and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name David and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name David is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name David
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name David displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
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Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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