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David

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3.6m
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of David

"David" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Beloved". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. (Old Testament) the 2nd king of the Israelites; as a young shepherd he fought Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior) and killed him by hitting him in the head with a stone flung from a sling; he united Israel with Jerusalem as its capital; many of the Psalms are attributed to David (circa 1000-962 BC)
  2. French neoclassical painter who actively supported the French Revolution (1748-1825)
  3. Patron saint of Wales (circa 520-600)
Wiktionary

From Koine Greek Δαυίδ (Dauíd), Δαβίδ (Dabíd), from the Biblical Hebrew דּוד (Dāwîḏ, literally “beloved”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. The second king of Judah and Israel, the successor of Saul in the Old Testament.
  3. A patronymic surname​ common in Wales.
  4. A female given name

David was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named David

David Bowie was a singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He holds the title Ziggy Stardust" and Heroes". His most notable accomplishments were from 1962 to 2016. David was given the name David Robert Jones on January 8th, 1947 in Brixton, London, England. He died on January 10th, 2016.

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David Luiz is a soccer player for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C., São Paulo FC, Esporte Clube Vitória, S.L. Benfica, Chelsea F.C., Brazil national under-20 football team, and Brazil national football team. David was born on April 22nd, 1987 in Diadema, Brazil.

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Dave Franco is an actor and comedian. His ongoing career started in 2006. Dave was given the name David John Franco on June 12th, 1985 in Palo Alto, California, U.S.

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David Cameron is a for Witney, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Skills, Member of Parliament, forWitney, Leader of the Opposition (United Kingdom), Leader of the Conser. David was born on October 9th, 1966 in Marylebone, London, United Kingdom.

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David Beckham is a businessman, model, spokesperson, association football, footballer, and (retired). David was given the name David Robert Joseph Beckham on May 2nd, 1975 in Leytonstone, London, England.

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David Haye is a boxer. David was born on October 13th, 1980 in England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name David

David is a monarch. He holds the title King of Israel and Kingdom of Israel (united monarchy). He has been prominent since 1010. David was born as the child of Jesse in Bethlehem.

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Larry David is an improvisational theatre, observational comedy, sketch comedy, deadpan, and political satire comedian. Larry was given the name Lawrence Gene David on July 2nd, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Saint David was a saint. He holds the title Bishop. Saint was born in 500 in Caerfai, Pembrokeshire, Wales. He died on March 1st, 0589.

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Keith David is an actor, singer, voice artist, comedian, and singing. He has been prominent since 1979. Keith was given the name Keith David Williams on June 4th, 1956 in Harlem, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Craig David is a contemporary r&b, uk garage, hip hop music, and dance music singer-songwriter, master of ceremonies, rapping, and record producer. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Craig was given the name Craig Ashley David on May 5th, 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire, England.

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Ziva David is a special agent, major case response team field agent, ncis, mossad liaison officer, mossad operative, control officer, soldier in the israeli army, naval criminal investigative service, mossad, agent handling, and israel defense forces.

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How popular is the baby name David in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 869 0 869 #18 boy name
1881 750 0 750 #18 boy name
1882 838 0 838 #19 boy name
1883 740 6 734 #20 boy name
1884 761 0 761 #21 boy name
1885 717 5 712 #22 boy name
1886 674 0 674 #24 boy name
1887 682 9 673 #22 boy name
1888 801 0 801 #21 boy name
1889 757 0 757 #22 boy name
1890 731 0 731 #26 boy name
1891 673 0 673 #26 boy name
1892 818 5 813 #24 boy name
1893 730 6 724 #27 boy name
1894 729 0 729 #29 boy name
1895 712 5 707 #32 boy name
1896 772 7 765 #28 boy name
1897 730 0 730 #29 boy name
1898 820 5 815 #30 boy name
1899 647 0 647 #32 boy name
1900 894 9 885 #32 boy name
1901 672 0 672 #30 boy name
1902 761 0 761 #30 boy name
1903 716 0 716 #33 boy name
1904 817 0 817 #31 boy name
1905 845 7 838 #32 boy name
1906 886 8 878 #31 boy name
1907 956 11 945 #31 boy name
1908 1,016 0 1,016 #30 boy name
1909 1,101 7 1,094 #29 boy name
1910 1,267 9 1,258 #30 boy name
1911 1,565 9 1,556 #27 boy name
1912 2,874 16 2,858 #29 boy name
1913 3,295 13 3,282 #29 boy name
1914 4,272 21 4,251 #29 boy name
1915 5,426 31 5,395 #31 boy name
1916 5,838 25 5,813 #28 boy name
1917 6,134 34 6,100 #28 boy name
1918 6,664 37 6,627 #28 boy name
1919 6,750 32 6,718 #27 boy name
1920 7,478 33 7,445 #25 boy name
1921 7,809 42 7,767 #25 boy name
1922 7,896 31 7,865 #24 boy name
1923 8,279 43 8,236 #24 boy name
1924 8,807 51 8,756 #24 boy name
1925 8,959 40 8,919 #22 boy name
1926 9,093 56 9,037 #22 boy name
1927 9,486 60 9,426 #21 boy name
1928 10,070 68 10,002 #19 boy name
1929 11,371 73 11,298 #17 boy name
1930 12,360 86 12,274 #15 boy name
1931 11,832 56 11,776 #13 boy name
1932 12,194 56 12,138 #12 boy name
1933 12,083 63 12,020 #13 boy name
1934 14,075 75 14,000 #12 boy name
1935 15,723 60 15,663 #11 boy name
1936 17,527 52 17,475 #10 boy name
1937 21,046 70 20,976 #8 boy name
1938 23,055 63 22,992 #8 boy name
1939 25,450 93 25,357 #7 boy name
1940 27,768 84 27,684 #7 boy name
1941 30,644 94 30,550 #7 boy name
1942 36,009 114 35,895 #6 boy name
1943 37,347 110 37,237 #6 boy name
1944 37,479 100 37,379 #6 boy name
1945 37,181 87 37,094 #6 boy name
1946 46,540 105 46,435 #6 boy name
1947 57,912 111 57,801 #6 boy name
1948 56,730 122 56,608 #5 boy name
1949 59,724 116 59,608 #6 boy name
1950 60,871 134 60,737 #5 boy name
1951 64,922 102 64,820 #5 boy name
1952 71,886 134 71,752 #5 boy name
1953 76,222 151 76,071 #5 boy name
1954 79,703 153 79,550 #5 boy name
1955 86,360 149 86,211 #2 boy name
1956 81,759 158 81,601 #4 boy name
1957 82,517 166 82,351 #3 boy name
1958 82,798 205 82,593 #2 boy name
1959 84,161 238 83,923 #2 boy name
1960 86,163 223 85,940 #1 boy name
1961 84,996 234 84,762 #2 boy name
1962 81,619 291 81,328 #2 boy name
1963 78,712 236 78,476 #3 boy name
1964 75,318 249 75,069 #3 boy name
1965 68,088 219 67,869 #3 boy name
1966 66,665 231 66,434 #2 boy name
1967 67,095 283 66,812 #2 boy name
1968 63,998 265 63,733 #2 boy name
1969 64,015 296 63,719 #2 boy name
1970 62,049 289 61,760 #3 boy name
1971 53,385 260 53,125 #3 boy name
1972 46,614 237 46,377 #4 boy name
1973 41,334 225 41,109 #5 boy name
1974 42,039 234 41,805 #4 boy name
1975 39,415 237 39,178 #5 boy name
1976 39,526 229 39,297 #4 boy name
1977 40,800 252 40,548 #4 boy name
1978 40,948 245 40,703 #4 boy name
1979 42,364 285 42,079 #4 boy name
1980 42,213 291 41,922 #4 boy name
1981 40,871 224 40,647 #5 boy name
1982 40,696 250 40,446 #5 boy name
1983 39,520 321 39,199 #4 boy name
1984 38,712 235 38,477 #5 boy name
1985 38,800 290 38,510 #6 boy name
1986 37,411 274 37,137 #5 boy name
1987 37,032 252 36,780 #5 boy name
1988 35,555 250 35,305 #6 boy name
1989 35,362 148 35,214 #5 boy name
1990 33,862 120 33,742 #6 boy name
1991 30,510 94 30,416 #8 boy name
1992 28,525 117 28,408 #10 boy name
1993 27,113 89 27,024 #11 boy name
1994 24,941 76 24,865 #13 boy name
1995 23,102 69 23,033 #16 boy name
1996 23,071 62 23,009 #13 boy name
1997 21,914 37 21,877 #14 boy name
1998 20,918 42 20,876 #13 boy name
1999 20,370 43 20,327 #16 boy name
2000 19,805 44 19,761 #16 boy name
2001 19,379 41 19,338 #12 boy name
2002 18,705 38 18,667 #13 boy name
2003 18,642 31 18,611 #14 boy name
2004 18,446 66 18,380 #14 boy name
2005 18,131 25 18,106 #13 boy name
2006 17,654 30 17,624 #13 boy name
2007 17,556 24 17,532 #12 boy name
2008 16,337 22 16,315 #14 boy name
2009 15,444 16 15,428 #14 boy name
2010 14,206 25 14,181 #15 boy name
2011 13,234 19 13,215 #18 boy name
2012 12,535 18 12,517 #20 boy name
2013 12,354 15 12,339 #18 boy name
2014 12,195 13 12,182 #18 boy name
2015 11,784 18 11,766 #18 boy name
2016 11,042 14 11,028 #19 boy name

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Popularity of David as a first name

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Popularity of David as a last name

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Common last names for David

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity David U.S.
  White 59.45% 64.26%
  African American 14.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name David

People with the last name David are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name David

  • How Popular is the name David? David is the 7th most popular name of all time. In 2016 David was the 19th most popular name. As a last name David was the 782nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name David have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,613,916 babies born with the first name David in the United States. That's more than enough people named David to occupy the country of Kuwait with an estimated population of 3,582,054 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named David? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 869 new born babies.
  • When was David first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name David is Tuesday, October 26th, 1802.
  • What year had the most people named David born? The highest recorded use of the first name David was in 1955 with a total of 86,211 babies. That's a lot of babies named David!
  • Random David Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name David ranks 14th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 778 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name David: Your name in reverse order is Divad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dadvi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name David? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 44,040 people with the last name David.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of David? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have David as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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