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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Beloved One

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named David

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named David in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name David:

  • Records indicate that 3,548,278 boys in the United States have been named David since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1955, when 86,091 people in the U.S. were given the name David. Those people are now 65 years old.

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      31 Positive Comments

  • "My name is David and I love my name. When I get introduced to strangers, they often ask, "do you go by David or Dave?" Interesting question but I always say that I'm a David and I strictly go by David." Oct. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name David was and still is, a very popular boy's/man's name, rather than a 'common' one! It has a very calming, but also a strong and authoritative quality to it!" May. 3, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name David! It's my brother's name. But I hate the name Dave and almost everyone calls my brother Dave. It's annoying for me. Only I call him David and it's a beautiful, manly and strong name, but there is also something cute and calm in it. My grandson have middle name David. I love Biblical names, my name is also biblical (Judith), and all my children and almost all grandchildren has biblical names like me, my brother, my mum and my younger sister. It's great." Jul. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is David. My husband's name is also David. my brother was born in 1957. My husband was born in 1955. My whole life it's been Donna and David. i love the name. I also like the bible names.." Jan. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend named ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd david" Dec. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "If people find the name David boring, it says a lot about themselves as owners of bored and unmotivated minds. Be proud of the ancient and stately name of David and think yourselves lucky you were not called Plantagsnet, Groible or Shane." May. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's David. And I don't mind in the least if someone calls me "Dave". It's all good. I named myself David. I went to court and legally gave myself that name." Jun. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is David. I love the name. King David was, as described by the Lord himself " A Man after God's own Heart." I do not like to be called "DAVE". I only answer to David. If some one calls me "DAVE" I politely correct them and if they still call me "Dave", I ignore them or call them some weird form of their name they don't like to make my point." Dec. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father is named David, and my husband is a David, and I am going to name my first son David. It may be a common name, but that's because it is so good! Honestly - David will never go out of style (it's been "current" for thousands of years) and is name an adult wouldn't be ashamed of." Sep. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriends name is david, and i love that name. its a classic name, but doesn't sound old fashioned. i love that its a biblical name too. i also have never met an ugly david. haha" Jun. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "The ironic part with that comment is that Benji comes from Benjamin... which is also a Biblical name. ^^ There is something soft, yet strong about Davids that I've always appreciated." Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a fellow David, I have to say every David I come across as well as myself is actually beloved but David's like the Biblical King expect to be treated like royalty (arrogance). Outside of that David's have great character and are intelligent." Nov. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are lots of great names out there, but I love my name. There is something solid about it, without being barbaric. Courageous yet refined. I have a picture of the bust of Michelangelo's David tacked to the wall behind my dorm-room desk, and I often draw strength from my name when circumstances call for it." Oct. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am David. My mother named me after King David of the bible. She taught me that this king's name meant 'beloved of God'. She also said that even though this king made mistakes, he did not let those mistakes keep him from getting right back up and moving forward again, and that he came to be known as one of the most successful and loved rulers. My mother wanted me to be reminded that when I made mistakes I should draw up courage and pick myself up and move forward, and I always have. Thanks to my Mom for giving me such a dignified name and with it a sure heading in life. On another note, many of my freinds just call me Dave and I like that they are comfortable enough with me to do so. I am proud of my name and it has served me well. I'm okay with there being other Davids. They are not me. Each person either makes their personal name Good or Bad in people's eyes by the kind of character that they display. I cannot answer for the bad character of others who have this name, nor can I stand on the laurels of those Good persons with this name. Yet I hope that I am giving this name dignity by my personal actions." Apr. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "GOD said HE will give us a new name... Since I was Baptised as David my life has been wonderful. Praise GOD! When someone says, "I am David" He is saying "I am Beloved"" Mar. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is such a solid and great name. My son's name is David. He is a man of great character and strength, yet so sensitive and compassionate. David is a timeless name and I love the fact that you can't really change it around too much.....Dave or David, that's it!" Feb. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a good stable name but it is not "exciting"." Sep. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name ma bro has this name m havnt seen him in years a wud lv 4 sum1 2 call der beby boy this" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best male friend is named David, and so I think good things when I hear the name David." Jun. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "man i love the name DAvid it's my name and i think that it's the best name any parent could give there child. GO DAVID!!!" Mar. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my mane and has been good for me. I wanted to name my 1st son David, wife said no - 2nd son, wife said no - 3rd son's name is David!" Mar. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend named david he's my every thing i'm going to name my first little boy after him he alway been there 4 me it's an alsome name" Mar. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "David is a good, strong biblical name meaning beloved. I love having the name "David," and would never want any other name." Mar. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my Grandfather's name. I think it's a great name, reminiscent of a great man of God in the Bible and great man of God in our own time (my grandfather). I am naming my son this. Everyone knows how to spell it, and how to say it - I don't think he'll run into many problems." Feb. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love a David very much. Its a good strong name." Dec. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't think one can go wrong with "David," or a variation thereof. But take it from me, Dave, when I say that I have never been a part of a group setting - school, Little League, work - where there wasn't at least two other Daves or Davids. I love the name, mostly because of its tried-and-true nature, but it can get tiresome turning your head every time someone says it aloud." Jul. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is David. He hates being called dave, but people call him this without asking. He was davey when he was little and Daisy in the late 60's & early 70's. It's on the top 10 list if we have a boy." Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name, David, was the only good, lasting thing my parents ever gave me. It works in all strata of society,in all situations, unlike a fad name like Dawson, or a weird name lke Mervin." Dec. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is David, despite it's popularity he was the only David in his year at school., in Australia. Of course now he is a teenager he calls himself "Dave"." Dec. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "When our David was born 5 weeks early I still had not decided on a name.I was just coming out of a drug induced fog from the emergency c-section when a nun(it was a catholic hospital) asked what I would name him? I said I really dont know yet. She then said-He is so small yet very strong and already demanding all our attention. Later that night I opened the bible next to my bed and there it was! The story of David and Golieth, well the rest is history,we still call him baby David even though he is 6'1" at 16 and races dirt bikes and rides bulls at the local rodeo!" Aug. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Tried and true! A great name for 100 years, and a great name for years to come." May. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "David's are losers. but my name is DAvid, (note the capital A): DAvid, not David, not dAvid, just DAvid. it stands more "data video" Just like that STNG robot Data, but also with video feed." Aug. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daddy's name is David I think it suits him but I know like 20 other people named David so BLAHHHHH" Feb. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born at the end of the baby boom, when David was nearing its peak in popularity. I have never liked it -- wayyy too common. Once I went on a camping trip with 13 other strangers (friends of my aunt), and 3 of us were named David, out of a total of 13 campers. I think Dave is more casual than David, but even then, it's frustrating to have so many other guys called David around. Fortunately, on Facebook, there is only one other David with my same last name. On the other hand, my brother Joel has dozens of people with the same first name, even though Joel is much less common than David. I am glad, however, that at least David is a Hebrew-derived first name, as I am Jewish!" Aug. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend's name is David, and we both dislike it. Part of the reason because of us are atheists, and do not agree with the idea that David is chosen because of religion. I call him by his named name, Benji, and so does the rest of the world besides his parents. David is a very common name, and it's very... ugly. It doesn't just roll of your tongue, it's like coughing up a hairball." Oct. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i hate it. it has only brought me bad luck. i hate david!!!" Sep. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "I dated a lot of Daves. I married a Dave/David. Meh." Sep. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is David and I love my name. Some people call me Dave and I just correct them politely. I hate Dave and I'm strictly going by DAVID!" Oct. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is David, when I was born in 1961 it topped the boy baby name list. I never really liked my name and always wondered why my parents named me David. I asked them once and they told me they just liked the name. The other males in my family all have Irish first names as we are of Irish descent. When I turned 50 for some reason I started to have a new respect for my parents decision and am now grateful my parents chose the name, but I still wonder why they chose it." Dec. 14, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think that the name David is great because it's my brothers name and I think that it is better then dave" Nov. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Every David I've ever met is an a****** fact, if I hire someone to do work for me or have a choice in who I deal with, I stay away from Davids. I'm moving to Europe, thankfully, where I don't believe David is a common name." Aug. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "The kid sitting next to me has the name of David. He is a stud." May. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to go by Dave all the time, because for some odd reason I felt like only my parents and brothers should call me David. I sort of felt like if anyone else did, it was condescending or something. Foolish of me, I know. Well I'm nearly thirty now, and I've only been introducing myself as David for about the last year. I much prefer to go by David. Whenever someone who I've met calls me Dave, I usually reply "Who's Dave?" hehehe. Then they call me David, and I'd rather that anyway. :) Also, it is very humbling to have the same name as the great ancestor of the Lord Jesus Christ. I must try very heard to live up to this great name." Oct. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "David is a common name for catholic or Christian people, my boyfriends name is david" Apr. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's alright, I can think of a few better names than David" Mar. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is David, my dad's name is david... my exboyfriend's name is david... my other friend is david... It's just way too common in New England!" Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "its very traditional in the uk. but to be honest ive know so many davids and daves its just a really boring name to hear. i dont think people are using it as much now as a decade ago." Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is David. There's nothing wrong with me, but everyone else who's name is David is ither annoying, fat, stupid, or a liar. The only exception is my dad. I love him. So I would say, if you're going to raise your kid right, name him David. If not, please don't add to a already bad-ish reputation." Jun. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my youngest son David, I really like the name. My husbands name is David (he's not my son, David's, father) and my son calls him "Big David"." May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "its iight. I know a few, mostly kinda nerds (no offenese to no one)" Apr. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "David is ok but I prefer my name, cause Iıve always like the way it sounds! Dovid (Sounds like Dove-eed) ...As for popularity, it really depends where I am! Sometimes I donıt run into other people with the same name and sometimes I run in to one or two Dovids (Dove-eed and Dove-id). ~Dovid" Oct. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is David and I find that there are to many David's. My neighbour is David, my brother-in-law is David, I work with two Davids." Sep. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "As one of the many David's in this world, I must say, I have never met one I don't like. Seems as though its popularity has faded as of late so you really don't run into that many." Aug. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "it rules you wish your name was dave! dave's rule you drool!" Jun. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's gunning for the name David for our unborn child if it's a boy, but I'm not sure. A lot of middle-aged men (like my father in law!) have the name and while it is a good, strong name, I fear it's a bit too common, like John." Aug. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son (college-age) is named David and there weren't too many other Davids around when he was growing up. And if there were, well, it's a classic name. It's not like there suddenly being a bunch of kids all with flash-in-the-pan names. If I meet another Tyler, I'm going to plotz." Jun. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was pregnant in Saskatoon, and watched the newspaper to find a nice name that was not too that the poor lad would not be one of a crowd all the way through school.. no Davids for months in the birth column so when baby was born I called him David.... then I moved to Victoria, and there were 3 Davids in his pre-school class of 14 boys! What's a mother to do but call him Davey? lol...." Jun. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is David and even though I know other Davids, his name remains unique, individual and very special. We call him David, Dave, Davey, and Davey-doo!" May. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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