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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Alternate pronunciation (several languages other than English): dah-VEED.
One likely reason for this Biblical name's popularity is that it is spelled the same in many languages including: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Czech, Scandinavian and Dutch.

Personal experiences with the name David: | Edit

When I was in college in the late '80s, a frat held an annual "Dave and Jen" party where only Davids and Jennifers were invited. There was always a crowd. :-)

That's very funny. My name is Jen and my husband is Dave. We would go to a Dave and Jen party!

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).

Several teachers at my highschool are named david lawl xd

My dad's name is David. :)

Nicknames for David: | Edit

Dave, Davie

Meanings and history of the name David: | Edit

David was originally a Hebrew lullaby word equivalent to 'darling'. In the Bible David was the name of the boy who killed the Philistine giant Goliath with just a slingshot and subsequently became the greatest of all the kings of Israel and the author of many of the Psalms. The name was taken up by English speakers during the medieval period and it has remained one of the most popular of all boys' names ever since. It became especially well established in Wales, where it acquired further significance as the name of the 7th century St David, the patron saint of Wales, and also in Scotland, where it was famous as the name of two kings. David maintained its status as one of the five most popular boys' names among English speakers from the 1950s to the 1990s. In the United States David was one of the top ten names for boys born from 1936-1992, the number one name in 1960, and remains firmly in the top 20.

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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