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Gender: Male Meaning of Davis: "beloved" Origin of Davis: Surname derived from David, Hebrew Davis's Popularity in 2017: #492

The name Davis is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved". Davis is ranked #492 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Davis is a fresh way to say David. Some sources define it as "son of David," but we see it as a surname spin on the original. While David is an everyman name, Davis has some creative edge -- and still gets you to the classic guy nickname Dave.

Davis can be a good way to name a boy after grandpa David; Davies, Davison or Davidson will also do the trick.

In the TV show One Tree Hill, the Sophie Bush character gives one of her twins her maiden name of Davis. Davis Guggenheim is an Oscar-winning director and documentarian, married to Elisabeth Shue.

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Famous People Named Davis

Davis Webb, American NFL player
Davis Anthony Drewiske, American hockey player
Davis Milton Love III, American pro golfer
(Philip) Davis Guggenheim, American film director
Dāvis Bertāns, Latvian basketball player
Davis Richard Cleveland, American actor
Davis Gaines, American actor and singer
Davis Phinney, American road cyclist
Davis Heppenstall aka Naomi Smalls, American drag queen of "Rupaul's Drag Race"
Caleb Davis Bradham, American inventor of Pepsi-Cola
Davis Nolan Gannt (b.2018), son of actress Brianne Davis and actor Mark Gannt

Pop Culture References for the name Davis

Davis Motomiya, character in anime "Digimon Adventure 02"
Davis, character in TV's "Tru Calling" played by Zach Galifianakis
Davis Baker, son of Brooke Davis on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Davis Quinton, character on TV's "Corner Gas"
Davis Bloome, character on TV's "Smallville"
Davis Cup, tennis team tournament
Davis Pell, character in TV movie ''Liar, Liar, Vampire''
Davis Bauer, character in the book "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult.


gigi01 Says:


Just saying, Sophia Bush's name is spelled wrong in the description 😬

headintheclouds Says:


I find David perfectly nice and okay, though boring. Davis takes on a whole new tone for me. It sounds effortlessly cool, cultured and artistic, with a jazzy vibe courtesy of Miles Davis, and a hint of preppiness from its surname-name background. I rather like Davis in its full form VS. shortening it to Dave.

Caroline Says:


I like Davy better.