Gender: Male Meaning of David: "beloved" Origin of David: Hebrew David's Popularity in 2019: #27

David Origin and Meaning

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

David is derived from the Hebrew name Dawid, which evolved from the element dod, meaning “beloved.” It is the 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 is a classic with a lot going for it. While no longer in the Top 10, it still ranks second to Daniel among boy names starting with D. Serious yet simpatico, it has deep biblical roots and a special resonance for Jews, with the Star of David being the symbol of Judaism.

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 a highly popular name proves that David is 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."

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Rank in US: #27

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Famous People Named David

Pop Culture References for the name David

Davis, Davie, Dave, Davydd, Davidde, Davon, Davy, 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)


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Yawn...David is alright, I guess. Just egregiously overused and a hackneyed choice for anything Biblical. If you have any qualms about naming your son David, then skip David. Trust me, there will be plenty of other Davids in your son's life. I don't think not naming him David is going to drastically affect much. Albeit, "Dave" is a much more pleasant nickname. And "Davis" is a more idiosyncratic, jazzy, relaxed, and charismatic alternative worth considering.

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


Not really a fan of this name anymore since it's been two years...

Tiffany Samuels Says:


Been in love with this name since the King's Speech. Even though David wasn't a great person, I just love hearing the name so casually and it's so gorgeous and have a beautiful meaning: this, Ellis and Thomas is my favorite names for men.

Alaina Says:


David is a very strong name! Also this is one of my favorite names.

danteardenz Says:


He was a genocidal instrument for a tribal killer God myth .

danteardenz Says:


One of the worst .

danteardenz Says:


He had a man sent into battle to get his wife ,and like all Old Testament figures endorsed exclusivity​, war ,genocide on behalf of a tribal ' God '. But the name had class ,if not cut to ' Dave'.

FionaW Says:


Quite like this name.

FionaW Says:


Not in pretty sure King David was not a bad character.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Classic name, always popular but also stylish

LV51sfan91 Says:


David messed up like all of us do but he made things right With God, became King and was promised that the Messiah would come through his line. King David is the biggest Jewish hero. The Star of David is the Jewish symbol. It has not and will never loose its biblical history.

actingfun Says:


Yeah, I've kind of gotten over that association. David doesn't have a religious meaning, which would bother me a lot more than the name being Biblical.

Floris Says:


That's funny. I myself don't mind biblical associations (well, Jesus, Mary or Joseph would be a bit too much. Plus they sound way to much like an expletive).
I personally dislike names with a religious meaning, like Elizabeth or Elias, for example....

actingfun Says:


I love this name, but as an atheist, I naturally hate the Biblical connotations. At least he was a bad character, so people wouldn't think I'm honoring him.

MonaBerry Says:


David, the Biblical king who got another man's wife pregnant and then engineered an unnecessarily elaborate murder plot to keep her in his bed, causing God to put a plague of death, incestuous rape and familial murder on his house.

Ah, the Bible. Gotta love it.

ambercat Says:


It sounds like someone who is a New York man. Yes, I know people from other places call their son David but it sounds like a New Yorker to me.

Leah3456 Says:


Nice, friendly name.

raevynstar Says:


I must say, its so normal. and yet I like it. :)