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Boy Name: David

Name: David
Pronunciation: \d(a)-vid\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: beloved
Origin: Hebrew
Related Names: Dajon, Davian, Dewey, Tab
Sounds Like: Daivat, Taft
Variant forms: Daffy, Daffyd, Dafydd, Dai, Dave, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davidson, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Davis, Daven, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd, Davyn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 6
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 873

Description

David \d(a)-vid\ as a boy's name is pronounced DAY-vid. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of David is "beloved". Biblical: one of the most remarkable personalities in the Scriptures. David was a shepherd, musician, poet, soldier, statesman, prophet, and king. He wrote about half of the Psalms and very likely composed music for them as well. He is the only David mentioned in the Bible; his name occurs there more than a thousand times. Today there are variants of the name in almost every language group. Saint David (sixth century) is the patron saint of Wales. In Scotland, David was a royal name. See also Dawson and Davion. Explorer David Livingstone; actors David Niven, David Arquette, David Duchovny, David Schwimmer; baseball celebrity Dave Winfield; TV host David Letterman; musician David Bowie; soccer player David Beckham.

David has 21 variant forms: Daffy, Daffyd, Dafydd, Dai, Dave, Davey, Davi, Davidde, Davide, Davidson, Davie, Daviel, Davies, Davin, Davis, Daven, Davon, Davy, Davyd, Davydd and Davyn.

For more information, see also related names Dajon, Davian, Dewey and Tab.

Baby names that sound like David are Daivat and Taft.

View a list of the 44 names that reference David.

Popularity

David is a very popular first name for men (#6 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#873 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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