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  1. United States film actress (1908-1989)
  2. United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
  3. American statesman; president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)
  4. United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
  5. United States painter who developed an American version of cubism (1894-1964)
  6. English navigator who explored the Arctic while searching for the Northwest Passage (1550-1605)
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  1. A common patronymic surname​ derived from David; variant of Davies
  2. Any of a number of places named after people with the surname, including a city in California
  3. A university in Davis, California (University of California, Davis)

Notable Persons Named Davis

David Ruffin was a r&b, pop, soul, disco, gospel, rhythm, blues, and gospel music musician. His career lasted from 1956 to 1991. David was given the name Davis Eli Ruffin on January 18th, 1941 in Whynot, Mississippi, U.S. He left this life on June 1st, 1991.

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Davis Guggenheim is a film director, television director, film producer, and television producer. His ongoing career started in 1991. Davis was given the name Philip Davis Guggenheim on November 3rd, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

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Davis Webb is a football player. Davis was born on January 22nd, 1995 in Prosper, Texas.

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Dāvis Bertāns is a basketball player for the Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, ASK Riga, BK Barons, KK Olimpija, KK Partizan, and Saski Baskonia. Their most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Dāvis was born on November 12th, 1992 in Valmiera, Latvia.

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Davis Love III is a golf player.

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Davis Cleveland is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Davis was born on February 5th, 2002 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Davis

Viola Davis is an actress. She was most active from 1992 to present. Viola was born on August 11th, 1965 in , U.S.

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Bette Davis was an actress. She was most active from 1929 to 1989. Bette was given the name Ruth Elizabeth Davis on April 5th, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S. She left this life on October 6th, 1989.

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Gucci Mane is a hip hop music musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Gucci was given the name Radric Davis on February 12th, 1980 in Bessemer, Alabama, United States.

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Miles Davis was a jazz musician and bandleader. He plays Trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, organ, synthesizer, and Organ (music). He holds the title Petits Machins " and Go Ahead John". His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to 1975. Miles was given the name Miles Dewey Davis III on May 26th, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. He breathed his last breath on September 28th, 1991.

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Jefferson Davis was a President of the Confederate States, 23rd United States Secretary of War, and President of the Confederate States of America. His military service ended in 1835. Jefferson was born on June 3rd, 1808 in Christian County, Kentucky. He passed away on December 6th, 1889.

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Geena Davis is an actress, producer, writer, athlete, and model. Her ongoing career started in 1982. Geena was given the name Virginia Elizabeth Davis on January 21st, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 0 17
1881 13 0 13
1882 9 0 9
1883 11 0 11
1884 11 0 11
1885 21 0 21
1886 18 0 18
1887 12 0 12
1888 19 0 19
1889 21 0 21
1890 20 0 20
1891 16 0 16
1892 20 0 20
1893 16 0 16
1894 12 0 12
1895 14 0 14
1896 21 0 21
1897 11 0 11
1898 14 0 14
1899 12 0 12
1900 20 0 20
1901 29 0 29
1902 8 0 8
1903 22 0 22
1904 24 0 24
1905 21 0 21
1906 33 0 33
1907 19 0 19
1908 20 0 20
1909 19 0 19
1910 40 0 40
1911 31 0 31
1912 47 0 47
1913 54 0 54
1914 88 8 80
1915 113 9 104
1916 122 7 115
1917 123 9 114
1918 133 0 133
1919 150 0 150
1920 124 7 117
1921 151 9 142
1922 152 12 140
1923 133 8 125
1924 188 14 174
1925 156 16 140
1926 143 21 122
1927 160 18 142
1928 146 11 135
1929 120 10 110
1930 119 10 109
1931 125 5 120
1932 118 5 113
1933 104 8 96
1934 117 0 117
1935 112 8 104
1936 122 0 122
1937 117 0 117
1938 122 0 122
1939 114 0 114
1940 118 0 118
1941 117 9 108
1942 130 8 122
1943 130 0 130
1944 100 6 94
1945 126 0 126
1946 145 0 145
1947 147 0 147
1948 160 0 160
1949 164 10 154
1950 132 5 127
1951 144 0 144
1952 147 5 142
1953 128 0 128
1954 145 0 145
1955 151 0 151
1956 139 0 139
1957 129 6 123
1958 143 5 138
1959 138 0 138
1960 140 5 135
1961 138 0 138
1962 112 0 112
1963 128 5 123
1964 107 0 107
1965 117 0 117
1966 108 0 108
1967 121 6 115
1968 104 5 99
1969 97 0 97
1970 132 0 132
1971 118 0 118
1972 95 0 95
1973 106 7 99
1974 85 0 85
1975 105 6 99
1976 112 0 112
1977 118 5 113
1978 124 0 124
1979 132 0 132
1980 145 6 139
1981 165 5 160
1982 171 0 171
1983 158 0 158
1984 178 0 178
1985 181 0 181
1986 246 6 240
1987 255 5 250
1988 281 9 272
1989 298 8 290
1990 291 11 280
1991 307 10 297
1992 402 10 392
1993 469 12 457
1994 553 12 541
1995 567 7 560
1996 588 21 567
1997 660 15 645
1998 688 12 676
1999 721 17 704
2000 707 26 681
2001 750 17 733
2002 685 18 667
2003 723 19 704
2004 769 26 743
2005 748 18 730
2006 750 18 732
2007 773 17 756
2008 740 16 724
2009 678 13 665
2010 674 17 657
2011 643 15 628
2012 715 31 684
2013 667 19 648
2014 689 23 666
2015 650 24 626
2016 646 27 619
2017 616 34 582

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Popularity of Davis as a first name

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Popularity of Davis as a last name

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Common last names for Davis

  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Hill
  • Harris
  • Carter
  • Campbell

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Davis U.S.
  White 62.20% 64.26%
  African American 31.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.44% 16.26%

Of Last Name Davis

People with the last name Davis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Davis

  • How Popular is the name Davis? Davis is the 1,407th most popular name of all time. As a last name Davis was the 8th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Davis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29,046 babies born with the first name Davis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Davis to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Davis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Davis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Davis is Sunday, December 26th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Davis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Davis was in 2007 with a total of 756 babies.
  • Random Davis Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Davis is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Davis: Your name in reverse order is Sivad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dvais. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Davis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,116,357 people with the last name Davis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Davis? Davis was ranked as the 8th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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