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Origin & Meaning

The name David is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of David is "beloved".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 18 in baby name popularity for boys with 12078 occurrences.  It ranked 8536 in popular baby names for girls with 13 occurrences. 

View the David Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for David has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of David to other names.


In the Old Testament, David was a shepherd who became the second King of Israel, replacing Saul.

In his youth, David killed the giant Goliath striking him in the head with a stone from his sling. It is at this time when David first displays his strong yet humble self.

In adulthood, David becomes a wise and noble king and a famed warrior. He also becomes an accomplished musician and poet and is credited with writing many of the psalms contained the the Book of Psalms.

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Related Names

Variants of the name David include Daoud.

The names Dafydd, Davi, Davida, Davide, Davina, Davynn, Dawid, Dawud, Dewey, Dewydd, Dod, Dovid, Taavetti, Taavi are all forms of David.

David has the diminutives (nicknames) Dave, Davey, Davie, Davy, Daw.

Other Tidbits

David falls into the name categories biblical, classic.

Some famous bearers of this name include: David Bowie, David Letterman, David Duval, David Livingstone, David Beckham.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name David in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name David.

Just for fun, see the name David in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the David in Nautical Flags page.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.