Short form of David, Hebrew

Dave Origin and Meaning

The name Dave is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved".

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.

# 971 in the US

Dave Rank in US Top 1000

Dave Popularity

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Famous People Named Dave

  • David "Dave" SextonEnglish footballer
  • David John "Dave" FrancoAmerican actor
  • David Michael "Dave" MirraAmerican professional BMX rider
  • David Eric "Dave" GrohlAmerican musician of the Foo Fighters
  • Dave MatthewsAmerican musician
  • Dave BrubeckAmerican jazz pianist
  • Dave GrusinAmerican film composer
  • David Michael "Dave" BautistaJr., American actor and pro wrestler
  • Dave HollandEnglish jazz double bassist
  • David Khari Webber "Dave" ChappelleAmerican comedian
  • David Allen "Dave" MeltzerAmerican sports journalist
  • David Scott "Dave" Mustainelead guitarist for American band Metallica
  • David "Dave" FleischerAmerican animator
  • David Scott "Dave" FoleyCanadian actor
  • David Victor "Dave" SimCanadian cartoonist
  • David Allan "Dave" RighettiAmerican baseball player and coach
  • David Mark "Dave" WinfieldAmerican baseball player
  • Dave (born Wouter Otto Levenbach)Dutch,French pop singer
  • David "Dave" Nizam BakshCanadian guitarist of Sum 41 and Brown Brigade
  • Dave SinclairEnglish keyboardist of Caravan and Canterbury Scene
  • Dave Rodgers (born Giancarlo Pasquini)Italian songwriter
  • David "Dave" Rodman AnnableAmerican actor
  • David "Dave" GardnerBritish sports agent
  • Dave Moss aka LasercornAmerican YouTuber and member of Smosh Games
  • Dave GnaaseGerman footballer

Dave in Pop Culture

  • Davecharacter in short story "I'll Never Do It Again" by author Tina Tirrell
  • Dave Skylarkone of the 2 main characters in the comedy film "The Interview", portrayed by James Franco
  • "Dave the Barbarian" animated Disney TV series
  • Dave Stridercharacter in web comic "Homestuck"
  • Dave Tilerfrom UK TV series "Single Father", portrayed by David Tennant
  • Dave Buznikcharacter in the movie "Anger Management"
  • Dave Rosecharacter from series "Happy Endings"
  • David "Dave" Stutlermain character in the movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  • Dave Hodgmancharacter in the movie "The First Time"
  • Dave Sevillecharacter in the Alvin and the Chipmunks series
  • Dave Turnercharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Davecharacter in the Marvel movie "Ant,Man"
  • Dave Barrymain character in the CBS sitcom "Dave's World" played by Harry Anderson
  • David "Dave"a character from the "Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous" TV series

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