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Gender: M Meaning of David: "beloved" Origin of David: Hebrew David's Popularity in 2013: #18

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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, then 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. The increasingly popular Dawson means 'son of David.'

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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, member of U2
David Gilmour, member of Pink Floyd
David Miliband, British Politician
David Mitchell, English actor and comedian
David Morrissey, English actor
David Robertson, New York Yankees pitcher
David Wright, New York Mets third baseman
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 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

Pop Culture References for the Name David

David Copperfield, novel by Charles Dickens
Name of the robotic boy in the movie AI
David, character in The Uglies series
David Nolan/Prince Charming on the tv series Once Upon a Time
David Rossi, character on "Criminal Minds"
David Camden, one of the twins on Seventh Heaven
David Brent, from the UK TV series "The Office"
David McCall, villian in the movie "Fear"
David Shayne, from movie "Bullets over Broadway"

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

David's International Variations

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