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Gender: Male Meaning of David: "beloved" Origin of David: Hebrew David's Popularity in 2017: #23

The name David is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved". David is ranked #23 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

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 as the Hebrew 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 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 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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Famous People Named David

David, 2nd King of Israel
David "Davy" Crockett, American frontiersman and politician
David Laʻamea Kahalepouli Kinoiki Kawānanakoa, Prince of Hawaiʻi
David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, British Prime Minister
David Hume, Scottish Philosopher
David Frederick Attenborough, English naturalist and broadcaster
David Randolph Scott, American astronaut
David Howell Petraeus, American former CIA director
David William Donald Cameron, FORMER British Prime Minister
David Bowie (born David Robert Jones), English musician
David Robert Joseph Beckham, English footballer
David Keith Lynch, American director
David Michael Hasselhoff, American actor and singer
David Arquette, American actor
David Dobrik, American YouTuber
David Byrne, American musician of "Talking Heads"
David Michael Letterman, American television host
David Alasdair Boudia, American diver
David Thomas "Davy" Jones, English singer of The Monkees
David John "Dave" Franco, American actor
David Michael "Dave" Mirra, American professional BMX rider
David Eric "Dave" Grohl, American musician of the Foo Fighters
David John "Dave" Matthews, American musician
David Warren "Dave" Brubeck, American jazz pianist
Robert David "Dave" Grusin, American film composer
David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle, American comedian
David Allen "Dave" Meltzer, American sports journalist
David Scott "Dave" Mustaine, lead guitarist for American band Metallica
David "Dave" Fleischer, American animator
David Victor "Dave" Sim, Canadian cartoonist
David "Dave" Sexton, English footballer
David Allan "Dave" Righetti, American baseball player and coach
David Mark "Dave" Winfield, American baseball player
David "Dave" Nizam Baksh, Canadian guitarist of Sum 41 and Brown Brigade
David "Dave" Rodman Annable, American actor
David "Dave" Gardner, British sports agent
David William Duchovny, American actor
David Hyde Pierce, American actor
David Tennant (born David John McDonald), Scottish actor
David Clayton Henrie, American actor
David Albert Mazouz, American child actor
David Abraham Adler, American children's author
David Berman, American actor and researcher
David Berman, American musician of band The Silver Jews
David Boreanaz, American actor
John Arthur "David" Carradine, American actor
David Roland Cook, American musician
David Eigenberg, American actor
David Howell Evans aka The Edge, Irish musician of U2
David Jon Gilmour, English musician of Pink Floyd
David Wright Miliband, British Politician
David James Stuart Mitchell, English actor and comedian
David Mark Morrissey, English actor
David Alan Robertson, American baseball pitcher
David Allen Wright, American baseball player
David Lawrence Schwimmer, American actor
David Wayne Spade, American actor and comedian
David Suchet, English actor
David Krejci, Czech ice Hockey player
David "Dave" Shelton, American rapper of group "Another Bad Creation"
David Scott "Dave" Foley, Canadian actor
David Bruce Cassidy, American actor/singer
David Richard Freese, American baseball player
David Hilbert, German mathematician
David Joseph Bohm, American theoretical physicist
David Jonathan Gross, American particle physicist, string theorist and Nobel prize winner
David Bagrationi, Prince Regent of Georgia
David Russell Strathairn, American actor
David James "Dave" Gorman, English comedian
David Wallace Crowder, American Christian Musician
David Gulpilil (Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu), Aboriginal Australian actor
David Lambert, American actor
David Lauren, son of American fashion designer Ralph Lauren
David Spencer aka iBallisticSquid, English YouTuber
David Nagle aka Daithi De Nogla, Irish YouTuber
David Ramsey, American actor
David Portner aka Avey Tare, American musician of Animal Collective
David Michael "Dave" Bautista, American actor and pro wrestler
David Philippe Desrosiers, French Canadian bass player of Simple Plan
David Miscavige, leader of the Church of Scientology
David Kaufman, American voice actor
David Daniel Otunga Jr. (b. 2009), son of American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson
David Lee Roth, American lead singer for the band Van Halen
David Jarre, French magician and musician, son of composer Jean-Michel Jarre and actress Charlotte Rampling
David Harbour, American actor
David McGoldrick, Irish professional footballer
David Green, British film director, TV producer, and media executive
David Michael Burtka, American Actor and Chef; married to American actor Neil Patrick Harris

Pop Culture References for the name David

David Fisher from the HBO television series "Six Feet Under".
David Tanaka, doctor on Australian soap "Neighbours"
City of David, another name for Jerusalem
David Gamut, character in "Last of the Mohicans," by James Fenimore Cooper
Dr. David Marrow, character in "Haunting of Hill House"
"David Copperfield," novel by Charles Dickens
Dr. David "Mr. Bone" Huxley, character in "Bringing Up Baby"
David, robotic boy in the movie "AI"
David, character in "The Uglies" series
David Nolan/Prince Charming, character on the TV's "Once Upon a Time"
David Rossi, character on "Criminal Minds"
David Camden, one of the twins on TV's "Seventh Heaven"
David Brent, from the UK TV series "The Office"
David McCall, villian in the movie "Fear"
David Shayne, character in movie "Bullets over Broadway"
David Stenfaeldt, character from The dung-beetle flies at dusk, by Maria Gripe
David Fletcher, "One Tree Hill"
David Charleston, main character in The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
David Singh, character in DC Universe
David "Dave" Stutler, main character in the movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
David "Dave" Seville, main character in the movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks"
David Haller, also known as Legion, character in Marvel Universe
David Rain, character in book series "The Last Dragon Chronicles," by Chris D'Lacey
David Dunn, character in "Unbreakable"
David Drayton, character in "The Mist"
David, character in "Alien" series
David Anderson, character in the "Mass Effect" trilogy
David Gregory Phillips, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
David Hodges, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
David, character in "Camp Camp"
David, character in the "Underworld" series
David Healy, character on TV's "Roseanne"
David Wallace, character from the US TV series "The Office"

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


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. :)