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Gender: Male Meaning of Dewey: "beloved" Origin of Dewey: Anglicized variation of Welsh Dewi, nickname of Dafydd

The name Dewey is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "beloved". Dewey and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Love and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Not heard since the 1980s, Dewey shot into the Top 20 in 1898 thanks to the popularity of Spanish-American War naval hero Admiral George Dewey. Dewey has subtle links to his Welsh roots and relation to father name David . The name was borne by the fifth century St. Dewi, patron saint of Wales. Later references include the namesake of the library Dewey Decimal System, a Donald Duck nephew, the younger brother on Malcolm in the Middle and Lemony Snicket character Dewey Denouement. It has a strong but dewy feel and is appealing enough to be ripe for a modern revival.

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Famous People Named Dewey

Thomas Edmund Dewey (1902-1971), 47th governor of New York (1943-54)
Dewey Nicks, photographer and film director (born George Dewey Nicks III)
Dewey Readmore Books, a library cat from Spencer, Iowa who lived from 1987-2006

Pop Culture References for the name Dewey

Dewey Denouement, sub-sub-librarian, noble volunteer, triplet, and one of the managers of Hotel Denouement in "The Penultimate Peril" by Lemony Snicket
Dewey Finn, main character in "School of Rock"
Dewey, younger brother of Malcolm, Reese, and Francis in "Malcolm in the Middle"
"Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story"
Dewey Duck, one of Donald Duck's nephews
Dewey Decimal System, library cataloging/classification system
Dwight "Dewey" Riley, character in the "Scream" franchise



Hailey Says:


The librarian at the high school I work at has this name. She is 70 years old and rocks it! :)

RoddyThlayli Says:


This is much, much better than Hughie or Louie!

raevynstar Says:


I think this is a cool name. :D