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Scriptsדָּוִד Hebrew Давид RussianSerbianMacedonian
PronouncedPron.DAY-vid English
dah-VEED Hebrew
DA-VEED French
da-BEEDH Spanish
DA-vit German
DAH-vid SwedishNorwegian
DAH-vit Dutch
du-VYEET Russian

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was derived from Hebrew דּוֹד (dod) meaning "beloved" or "uncle". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus was descended from him.

This name has been used in Britain since the Middle Ages. It has been especially popular in Wales, where it is used in honour of the 5th-century patron saint of Wales (also called Dewi), as well as in Scotland, where it was borne by two kings. Famous bearers include empiricist philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873), musician David Bowie (1947-2016), and soccer player David Beckham (1975-). This is also the name of the hero of Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical novel 'David Copperfield' (1850).
VariantsDàibhidh, Daividh Scottish Davi Portuguese (Brazilian)
DiminutivesDave, Davey, Davie, Davy English Davie Scottish
Feminine FormsDavina English (British) Davena, Davida, Davinia English
Other Languages & CulturesDaud, Dawood, Dawud Arabic Davit Armenian Dauid Biblical Greek Dawid Biblical Hebrew Daveth Cornish Taavet, Taavi Estonian Taavetti, Taavi Finnish Davit, Daviti Georgian Dávid Hungarian Daud Indonesian Dáibhí Irish Davide Italian Dovydas Lithuanian Daw Medieval English Davud Persian Dawid Polish Dávid Slovak Dafydd, Dewi, Dewydd, Dai, Dewey, Taffy Welsh Dovid, Dudel Yiddish
Same SpellingDávid
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David and Goliath by Gustave Doré (1866)David and Goliath by Gustave Doré (1866)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute