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Gender: M Meaning of David: "beloved" Origin of David: Hebrew David's Popularity in 2014: #18

David is a classic with a lot going for it. Serious yet simpatico, it has deep biblical roots as the Hebrew name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant Philistine Goliath with his slingshot. He grew up to become a wise and highly cultivated leader who enjoyed music and was a poet, later providing inspiration to such great sculptors as Michelangelo and Donatello.

David has a special resonance for Jews, the Star of David being the symbol of Judaism, while a sixth century David became the patron saint of Wales, where it has always been a popular choice. David's a royal name well used in many cultures, and is a safe and timeless choice. The fact that it's still firmly in the Top 20 proves David's an enduring classic.

There have been countless Davids of note in history, entertainment, sport and fiction, including Copperfield, Crockett, Letterman and Beckham. Celebrities who have chosen it for their baby boys include Jennifer Hudson, Mo'Nique, and that incomparable name creator, J. K. Rowling. Dawson means "son of David."

Famous People Named David

David Tennant, Scottish actor
David Hyde Pierce, American actor
David Arquette, American actor
David Letterman, American television host
David Hasselhoff, American actor and singer
David Beckham, English soccer player
David Bowie, English musician
David Cameron, British Prime Minister
David Carradine, American actor
David Cook, American musician
David "The Edge" Evans, Irish musician of U2
David Gilmour, English musician of Pink Floyd
David Miliband, British Politician
David Mitchell, English actor and comedian
David Morrissey, English actor
David Robertson, American baseball pitcher
David Wright, American baseball player
David Schwimmer, American actor
David Spade, American actor and comedian
David Suchet, English actor
David William Duchovny, American actor
David Attenborough, English naturalist and broadcaster
David Boudia, American diver
David Henrie, American actor
David Mazouz, American child actor
David A. Adler, American author
David "Dave" Scott, American astronaut
David Krejci, Czech NHL Hockey player
David "Dave" Shelton, child star of hip hop group "Another Bad Creation"
David Scott "Dave" Foley, Canadian actor
David Bruce Cassidy, American actor/singer
David Freese, American baseball player
David Hilbert, German mathematician
David Bohm, American theoretical physicist
David Gross, American particle physicist, string theorist and Nobel prize winner
Daewon David Song, American pro skateboarder
David Russell Strathairn, American actor
David "Dave" Gorman, English comedian
David Hume, Scottish Philosopher
David Lynch, American director
David Crowder, Christian Musician best known for his band David Crowder*Band and his solo career as Crowder
David Gulpilil, Aboriginal Australian actor.

Pop Culture References for the name David

"David Copperfield," novel by Charles Dickens
David, robotic boy in the movie "AI"
David, character in The Uglies series
David Nolan/Prince Charming, character on the TV's "Once Upon a Time"
David Rossi, character on "Criminal Minds"
David Camden, one of the twins on TV's "Seventh Heaven"
David Brent, from the UK TV series "The Office"
David McCall, villian in the movie "Fear"
David Shayne, character in movie "Bullets over Broadway"
David Stenfaeldt, character from The dung-beetle flies at dusk, by Maria Gripe
David Gamut, character in Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
David Fletcher, "One Tree Hill"
David Charleston, main character in The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

Davy, Davis, Dave, Davydd, Davidde, Davon, Davie, Davyd, Davey, Davies, Daffy, Davin

David's International Variations

Davi (Israeli) Taavi (Finnish) DÁivi (Irish) Daved, Daven (Scandinavian) Dai, Daffydd, Dewi (Welsh) DÀibhidh (Scottish) Daoud (Arabic) Devi (Breton) Dabid (Basque) Tevel (Yiddish) Davide (French) Dawid (Polish)