David Name Meaning

From the origin dod, David is a religious powerhouse of a name meaning “beloved” or “beloved uncle.” His use spans millennia and he continues to be a popular choice today.

David is a chameleon of a name, effortlessly crossing cultural boundaries and working well in other languages. He’s been featured in works of art and literature alike, as well as bestowed upon kings, actors, authors, and more.

A biblical name, many are familiar with the story of David and Goliath, the first true underdog story of a boy winning a battle against a literal giant. He would later go on to lead as the king of Israel. There have been several Saint Davids too in the Catholic Church. He’s also a strong figure in Judaism, prominently featured in the name of their holy symbol, the Star of David.

David ages well and remains a strong choice for a boy name. While he is ancient in origin, he’s avoided feeling dated, remaining a classic option for parents.

David has the tried and true nickname as Dave as well as the more youthful Davey. He also has variants in Davi and Daveth around the world. Female versions of the name include Davina, Davinia, and Davida.

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David Name Popularity

How popular is the name David? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 David was the 22nd most popular boys name, representing 0.7058% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 David has been the 6th most popular boys name, representing 2.4067% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 30 1,243 0.353%
1911 27 1,535 0.4122%
1912 29 2,851 0.5653%
1913 29 3,278 0.5782%
1914 29 4,251 0.61%
1915 31 5,393 0.5936%
1916 28 5,808 0.6012%
1917 28 6,100 0.6097%
1918 28 6,626 0.6174%
1919 27 6,714 0.6412%
1920 25 7,445 0.6696%
1921 25 7,765 0.6781%
1922 24 7,861 0.7056%
1923 24 8,233 0.7351%
1924 24 8,754 0.7538%
1925 22 8,917 0.7889%
1926 22 9,036 0.8215%
1927 21 9,424 0.8514%
1928 19 9,998 0.9344%
1929 17 11,300 1.0909%
1930 15 12,272 1.1748%
1931 13 11,778 1.1933%
1932 12 12,138 1.2286%
1933 13 12,021 1.2903%
1934 12 13,999 1.4481%
1935 11 15,662 1.6117%
1936 10 17,478 1.8144%
1937 8 20,973 2.1284%
1938 8 22,992 2.2459%
1939 7 25,361 2.4932%
1940 7 27,684 2.6046%
1941 7 30,552 2.7145%
1942 6 35,891 2.8423%
1943 6 37,236 2.8523%
1944 6 37,377 3.0158%
1945 6 37,094 3.0416%
1946 6 46,437 3.1471%
1947 6 57,804 3.4629%
1948 5 56,616 3.5466%
1949 6 59,602 3.7051%
1950 5 60,730 3.7718%
1951 5 64,801 3.822%
1952 5 71,778 4.112%
1953 5 76,096 4.2997%
1954 5 79,532 4.3507%
1955 2 86,251 4.6891%
1956 4 81,596 4.3202%
1957 3 82,358 4.2799%
1958 2 82,584 4.3697%
1959 2 83,926 4.4173%
1960 1 85,928 4.5351%
1961 2 84,762 4.4897%
1962 2 81,320 4.4295%
1963 3 78,474 4.3717%
1964 3 75,056 4.264%
1965 3 67,861 4.1497%
1966 2 66,419 4.254%
1967 2 66,808 4.4023%
1968 2 63,725 4.2439%
1969 2 63,703 4.135%
1970 3 61,753 3.8804%
1971 3 53,121 3.5351%
1972 4 46,371 3.4046%
1973 5 41,106 3.1707%
1974 4 41,811 3.2169%
1975 5 39,172 3.0484%
1976 4 39,299 3.0492%
1977 4 40,541 3.0076%
1978 4 40,704 3.0276%
1979 4 42,077 2.9841%
1980 4 41,923 2.8672%
1981 5 40,659 2.766%
1982 5 40,451 2.7069%
1983 4 39,201 2.6565%
1984 5 38,481 2.5868%
1985 6 38,513 2.5374%
1986 5 37,139 2.4604%
1987 5 36,781 2.4103%
1988 6 35,313 2.266%
1989 5 35,216 2.1823%
1990 6 33,742 2.0358%
1991 8 30,415 1.866%
1992 10 28,409 1.7798%
1993 11 27,026 1.7335%
1994 13 24,868 1.6204%
1995 16 23,034 1.5283%
1996 13 23,013 1.537%
1997 14 21,882 1.4795%
1998 13 20,881 1.3951%
1999 16 20,331 1.3576%
2000 16 19,767 1.294%
2001 12 19,342 1.2837%
2002 13 18,671 1.2459%
2003 14 18,612 1.2234%
2004 14 18,385 1.2063%
2005 13 18,114 1.1847%
2006 13 17,627 1.1257%
2007 12 17,537 1.1115%
2008 14 16,318 1.0558%
2009 14 15,433 1.0326%
2010 15 14,196 0.9851%
2011 18 13,222 0.9281%
2012 20 12,530 0.8793%
2013 18 12,348 0.8673%
2014 18 12,195 0.837%
2015 18 11,781 0.8097%
2016 19 11,089 0.7691%
2017 23 10,124 0.7254%
2018 22 9,697 0.7058%

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Names Like David

If you like David, you’ll love these other names like David.


What names are diminutives of David?

A diminutive is a name that’s like David sounds, you might also like these names that sound like David, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Daffy

Beloved

Hebrew

Dai

Large; to shine

Welsh

Dave

Beloved; son of David

Hebrew

#1,422 (0.0039%)  
Daveigh

Diminutive form of David

American

Davey

Beloved

Hebrew

Davi

Beloved

Hebrew

#1,396 (0.0041%)  
Davie

Beloved

Hebrew

Davy

Beloved; son of David

Hebrew


What names are variants of David?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name David.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Daffyd

Beloved

Hebrew

Dafydd

Beloved

Hebrew

Daven

Beloved

Hebrew

#2,922 (0.0004%)  
Daveney

Beloved

English

Davian

Modern

#966 (0.0106%)  
Davidde

Beloved

Hebrew

Davide

Beloved

Hebrew

#2,861 (0.0004%)  
Davidson

Beloved; son of David

Hebrew

Daviel

Beloved

Hebrew

Davies

Beloved; son of David

Hebrew

Davin

Beloved

Welsh

#1,237 (0.0058%)  
Davis

Son of David

English

#493 (0.0385%)  
Davon

American

#1,082 (0.0079%)  
Davyd

Beloved

Hebrew

Davydd

Beloved

Hebrew

Davyn

Welsh


What names sound like David?

If you like how David sounds, you might also like these names that sound like David.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Arvid

Eagle tree

Scandinavian

Daivat

Power, strength

Indian (Sanskrit)

Hamid

Praiseworthy

Arabic

Navid

Best wishes

Persian

#2,649 (0.0004%)  
Ovid

“A sheep herder,” from the Latin ovis, sheep.

Latin

Yadid

Beloved

Hebrew

Yazid

Becoming greater

African


What names are similar to David?

Find a name that’s like David, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

#60 (0.4326%)  
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

#165 (0.1687%)  
Adam

Man

Hebrew

#79 (0.3397%)  
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Cohen

Priest

Hebrew

#302 (0.08%)  
Daniel

God is My Judge

Hebrew

#15 (0.8133%)  
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  

Lists With David

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name David.


Siblings of David

Mamas with kids named David also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Morgan

Circling sea

Welsh

#160 (0.1262%)  
James

Supplanter

English

#4 (0.9844%)  
Kara

A short form of Karen.

Latin

#475 (0.0427%)  
Chloe

Green sprout

Greek

#25 (0.4823%)  
Marea

A variant form of Marina.

Jensen

Son of Jens

Scandinavian

#289 (0.0852%)  
Kylie

Boomerang

Aboriginal

#122 (0.1747%)  
Noah

To rest

Hebrew

#2 (1.3296%)  
Jordyn

To descend

Hebrew

#162 (0.1253%)  
Jubilee

Ram's horn

Hebrew

#1,187 (0.0084%)  
Joy

Happiness

Latin

#344 (0.062%)  
Marie

A French form of Mary.

French

#548 (0.0354%)  
Elizabeth

God is my oath

Hebrew

#13 (0.6196%)  
Faith

Devotion

English

#120 (0.1771%)  
Taylor

Tailor; to cut

French

#529 (0.0349%)  
Reece

Enthusiasm

Welsh

#582 (0.0306%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Josef

Jehovah increases

Hebrew

#1,543 (0.0031%)  
Charlie

Free man

English

#215 (0.1242%)  
Brielle

God is my strength

French

#98 (0.2118%)  
Hallie

A variant spelling of Hally.

Scandinavian

#435 (0.048%)  
Isabella

Devoted to God

Italian

#4 (1.0528%)  
Ezra

Help

Hebrew

#59 (0.4367%)  
Ryann

King

Irish

#712 (0.0227%)  
Robert

Bright fame

German

#71 (0.3741%)  
Aliya

Rising, ascending

Hebrew

#832 (0.0181%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Jeanie

God is gracious

Hebrew

Alyson

Noble, exalted

German

#840 (0.0178%)  

23 Comments

  1. We chose this name because it is a strong family name and a biblical name. Also, I was a public school teacher for many years and I never had a David in class that I didn’t like! I cannot say the same about other names!

  2. I named him David because his father grandfather and great grandfather are all named David. We just chose a different middle name.I love his name. But because they all have the same first name, we are calling him by his middle name.

  3. We wanted a Bible name and both of us like the name David. Plus the meaning is “beloved” and after having 2 miscarriages before this, we thought it appropriate.

  4. Named after my father and stepfather

  5. We named him after his dad. He is the first son in the family after 7 girls.

  6. My husband chose the name David and when i had my son in my arms for the first time I fell in love with him

  7. We wanted a classic, simple, not too biblical but still significant name. And most of all we wanted our little guy to have an easy name to spell and pronounce (for him and others) through his life.

  8. Means beloved. We named him in honor of my husband’s grandfather.

  9. Thnx God for his secure arrival.

  10. I do not like common names or weird names so I wanted an older name. My first son is named Thomas and when it came to the second David just seemed to fit. I love that both of them are biblical and that they each have a middle name after their grandfathers. When I searched the name David the meaning is beloved.

  11. I love the name David. My 4 year old name is David
    Hes a sweet heart and loves his mommy. (Me)

  12. He’s named after his dad and grandpa

  13. I wanted to name my son Emmanuel which means (God with us) but my husband didn’t like it he wanted to name him David which means (beloved) wasn’t really a fan of the name but it fits him well, I gave a chance for my husband to name him because I named my other son Daniel (God is my judge) which he wasn’t a fan of the name but I sure liked it.

  14. I choose the name to honor my father

  15. I wanted a bible name,and a name no one we knew had personally

  16. I chose David because it’s his great grandfather’s name that David’s father held to high regard.

    I don’t have any dislike towards the name

    David is my first and he is the sweetest, funniest, and cutest baby I think I’ve ever seen

  17. I named my baby after my Grandpa. He is no longer with us and is our tradition to name our children after our deceased ancestors. I have a nephew David as well. He is called Davey for now but it will probably be David once he is older.

  18. My husband and I have decided to name our boys after prophets from the Bible. This may seem like an odd choice in that category, but King David wrote several Psalms prophesying about Jesus. This name is also a tribute to one of my husband’s college roommates who was a groomsman in our wedding and remains a dear friend. Finally, we intend to use the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 as a guide in our name search for each one. The first quality on the list is Love. David is our firstborn and his name means “Beloved.”
    I love that this name is familiar, but rare in this generation which makes it both normal and special.

  19. David is our sons middle name. Named after a great-grandfather

  20. David is my husbands first name, named after both of his grandfathers. Our first born is named after my husband, but we chose II instead of Jr.

  21. This was a no brainer for us. We used it as a middle name so that our son would be named after both his dad and his grandfather. We almost lost his grandfather to a stroke shortly after we found out we were expecting so we knew right away we wanted to use it. It is very common, but it’s classic. We paired it with the first name “Jensen.” A unique name with a classic name.

  22. David is such a classic name. We want all of our children to have names that are spelled the same in English and Spanish, and David fits that important criteria. It’s also a family name. I actually really adore his name. My son has so much spunk, he needed a grand name like David. It’s also more old-school and is not as common anymore.

  23. We were looking for a timeless, classic name, and it had to be English-Spanish bilingual. My husband also prefers shorter names, and I wanted a biblical name. We both like the biblical story of David, it’s short, and it works in so many languages. We also wanted a name that would be more likely to remain “whole”. In Spanish, David doesn’t usually get shortened.


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