David: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name David


Pronunciation: DAY-vid (key)

Origin of the name David:

From the Hebrew dāvīd (beloved). The name is borne in the Bible by the second Israelite king. Short: Dave. Pet: Davey, Davie, Davy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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David is a classic, rather common, handsome biblical name for a baby boy. Pronounced Day-vihd.

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A pretty great friend of mine's name is David. He's Spanish, and was born in Mexico. He's a very handsome, very charming guy who's a real ladies' man. :) I love him, he's awesome. I have known other Davids before, but he's the only one I ever befriended and liked so much. This is a very, VERY nice name! A million thumbs up! =)

Okay, (I'm the same lady that wrote up above). I also have ANOTHER friend named David. The only reason I said up above that my other friend was "the only one I ever befriended", is because my other pal never EVER, EVER goes by David. So I'd... kind of forgotten. Yeah, he's nice (most of the time). He's kind of... well, gross, though, and vulgar. But he's funny, too. He's an okay guy. :)

David is a family name. It was the name of my grandfather and great grandfather. I have three cousins who got the name. Two as the first name and one as a middle name. I was supposed to be named David had I been a boy. Had I been mom to a boy his middle name was going to be David.

My name is David. I love it for several reasons. First it has staying power. It doesn't get confused with other names and everyone can spell it. The only time I've ever been asked to spell my name was when I witness in court. (What is your full name and spell it for the record, please).

My dad's name is David. :)

Nicknames for David: | Edit

Dave, Davie.

Meanings and history of the name David: | Edit

Meanings of the name "David".



Beloved or friend, adopted from the Hebrew. Fact: David was a common name of Scottish kings in the Middle Ages.

Well-beloved, dear.

Beloved or friend. Fact: The Old Testament David killed the giant Goliath in 10th Century BC, then succeeded Saul as King of Israel.

Famous real-life people named David: | Edit

David Lovering, an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986.
David Hyde Pierce, American actor
David Arquette, American actor
David Letterman, American television host
David Hasselhoff, American actor and singer
David Beckham, English soccer player
David Bowie, English musician
David Carradine, American actor
David Clark, English musician, Ankeny, Dave Clark Five
David Cook, American musician
David Crosby, American Singer/Songwriter/musician
David "The Edge" Evans, member of U2
David Gilmour, member of Pink Floyd
David Mitchell, actor and comedian
David Morrissey, English actor
David Tennant, Scottish actor
David Schwimmer, American actor
David Spade, American actor and comedian
David Suchet, English actor
David Duchovny, American actor
David Stephens, guitarist and vocalist for the band We Came As Romans
David Osmond, Singer/Musician and Advocate for MS cure
David Lee Roth, lead singer of American rock band Van Halen
David Ortiz, baseball player for the Boston Red Sox

David in song, story & screen: | Edit

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens novel (1849-50)
David Balfour in the Robert Louis Stevenson novel Kidnapped (1886)
David, sculpture by Michelangelo
David, sculpture by Donatello
King David in the Bible, the slayer of Goliath and the most righteous king of Israel. Jesus Christ is described as one of his descendants.
Dave, 1993 comedy starring Kevin Kline
Meet Dave, 2008 comedy starring Eddie Murphy
These Are the Daves I Know, The Kids in the Hall
Playing on the frequency of the name, children's writer Dr. Seuss wrote of Mrs. McCave whose 24 sons were all called Dave.
David was also a character in both versions of the movie Village of the Damned
David Crane, son of Niles and Daphne in the television series Frasier, the character was named after David Angell, the show's co-creator and executive producer, who died during the 9/11 attacks.
David Hobbscap from the Pixar franchise Cars
David "Dave" Wade was a character from the novel "What Happened to Goodbye" by Sarah Dessen

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