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Gender: M Meaning of Dave: "beloved" Origin of Dave: Short form of David, Hebrew

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Dave is the ultimate good guy name, but where father name David is still holding onto a spot in the Top 20, Dave -- widely used as an independent name in the middle of the last century -- dropped off the Top 1000 a few decades ago and shows no signs of a comeback. Baby Davids today, often named for dad or grandpa, are more likely to be called David than Dave.

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Famous People Named Dave

David "Dave" Franco, american actor
David Michael "Dave" Mirra, professional BMX rider
David Eric "Dave" Grohl, singer from "Foo Fighters"

Pop Culture References for the Name Dave

Dave the Barbarian-Disney Channel TV show and title character
Dave Strider, character from "Homestuck"
Dave Tiler, from UK TV series "Single Father" played by David Tennant
Dave Buznik, from the movie "Anger Management"
Dave Stutler, from movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"