Gender: Male Meaning of Dave: "beloved" Origin of Dave: 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.

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TechnoKitten Says:


I like Dave,It sounds cool.But I don't like David.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love David, with Dave for short, but I'm surprised to see this listed as an independent name. It's not even like Sam or Ben, where you can kind of get it...! What's wrong with David, at least for the birth certificate???