Origin of the name David
David, of Hebrew origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name David are in general originating from Armenia, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name David across the world, see Dave.
Name meaning of David
- Beloved or friend
- Name Number: 4
- Interpretation: Stability, Sameness, Regular, Rules, Condition, Responsibility, Routine, Frame, Detail, Order
History and Related Information
Biblical: name of the greatest of the Israelite kings, whose history is recounted in 1 Samuel and elsewhere. As a boy he killed the giant Philistine, Goliath, with his slingshot; as king of Judah, and later of all Israel, he expanded the power of the Israelites and established their security. He was also noted as a poet, with many of the Psalms being attributed to him. He had many sons and, according to the gospels, Jesus was descended from him. The Hebrew derivation of the name is uncertain; it is said by some to represent a nursery word meaning ‘darling’. In America this is mainly a Jewish name, but it has no such weighting in Britain, where it is particularly common in Wales and Scotland, having been borne by the patron saint of Wales (see Dewi) and by two medieval kings of Scotland.
Cognates: Scottish Gaelic: Dàibhidh. Irish Gaelic: Dáibhídh. Welsh: Dafydd, Dewi. Polish: Dawid. Finnish: Taavi.
Short form: English: Dave.
Pet forms: English and Scottish: Davy, Davey, Davie. Welsh: Dai.
Popularity of the given name
The name David is ranked on the 1ˢᵗ position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 11848300 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.349% of the population.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given this name for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
The name David has five characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
Name Day Calendar
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