David is a big family name for my Dh (who is a David, and whose father was a David). He wanted to name our son David but I just couldn't live with another David in our family. So, our compromise is that we switched my husbands name around. My DH is David Nils II, So my DS is Nils David. Therefore its the same name but he will not have any others in his class (unless of the 18 boys named Nils born in America in 2011 just happen to live in our school district, which i doubt. Is there a compromise with to use it but not?
I love it. I think it's a strong name that everyone will know but not so common that there will be many others.
I bet he'll be the only David in a class full of Jaxsons, Archers and Maysons. A wonderful name that will be completely fresh to this generation.
I have many different David's in my family, but all are older. I actually know a 4 year old David, and was surprised by the fresh choice. I do think it's a bit plain, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. If you're worried about it being too plain, I would either use it as a mn or as a fn and call him by his mn. Davy would make a more fresh nn than Dave, as well, as someone else suggested.