Origin : Hebrew


The name David is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved". David is a classic with a lot going for it. While no longer in the Top 10, it still ranks second to Daniel among boy names starting with D. Serious yet simpatico, it has deep biblical roots as the Hebrew name of the Old Testament second king of Israel who, as a boy, slew the giant Philistine Goliath with his slingshot. He grew up to become a wise and highly cultivated leader who enjoyed music and was a poet, later providing inspiration to such great sculptors as Michelangelo and Donatello. David has a special resonance for Jews, the Star of David being the symbol of Judaism, while a sixth century David became the patron saint of Wales, where it has always been a popular choice. David's a royal name well used in many cultures, and is a safe and timeless choice. The fact that it's still a highly popular name proves that David is an enduring classic. There have been countless Davids of note in history, entertainment, sport and fiction, including Copperfield, Crockett, Letterman and Beckham. Celebrities who have chosen it for their baby boys include Jennifer Hudson, Mo'Nique, and that incomparable name creator, J. K. Rowling. Dawson means "son of David."

Popularity of name David over time

There are 3634229 people in the U.S. with the first name David, this name was mostly popular in 1955 with popularity 86253 .

David is used for both genders.

99.64 percent of people with the first name David are man

0.36 percent of people with the first name David are woman

Lists containing David

Most Famous People Named David

" novel by Charles Dickens
American former CIA director
Prince of Hawaiʻi
English footballer
character in "Last of the Mohicans
English naturalist and broadcaster
American frontiersman and politician
FORMER British Prime Minister
Scottish Philosopher
character on "Criminal Minds"
one of the twins on TV's "Seventh Heaven"
doctor on Australian soap "Neighbours"
another name for Jerusalem
character in "Haunting of Hill House"
1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor
2nd King of Israel
American astronaut
English musician
American director
character in "Bringing Up Baby"
character on the TV's "Once Upon a Time"
character in "The Uglies" series
robotic boy in the movie "AI"

Name of the Day


triangular field

Names Created Using the Letters in David