Gender Masculine
Scripts דָּוִד(Hebrew) Давид(Russian, Serbian, Macedonian)
Pronounced Pron. DAY-vid(English)
da-VEED(Hebrew, Brazilian Portuguese)
du-VEED(European Portuguese)
DA-vit(German, Czech)
DAH-vid(Swedish, Norwegian)

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. Over the last century it has been one of the English-speaking world's most consistently popular names, never leaving the top 30 names for boys in the United States, and reaching the top rank in England and Wales during the 1950s and 60s. In Spain it was the most popular name for boys during the 1970s and 80s.

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).

Related Names

VariantsDaividh(Scottish) Dàibhidh(Scottish Gaelic) Dafydd, Taffy, Dewi(Welsh) Davi(Portuguese (Brazilian))
DiminutivesDave, Davey, Davie, Davy(English) Davie(Scottish) Dai(Welsh)
Feminine FormsDavina, Davena, Davida, Davinia(English)
Other Languages & CulturesDawit(Amharic) Daud, Dawood, Dawud(Arabic) Davit(Armenian) Davud(Azerbaijani) Dabid, Dauid(Biblical Greek) Dawid(Biblical Hebrew) Davud(Bosnian) Daveth(Cornish) Taavet, Taavi(Estonian) Tevita(Fijian) Taavetti, Taavi(Finnish) Davit(Georgian) Dávid(Hungarian) Davíð(Icelandic) Daud(Indonesian) Dáibhí(Irish) Davide(Italian) Dāvids, Dāvis(Latvian) Dovydas(Lithuanian) Daw(Medieval English) Dewydd(Old Welsh) Davud(Persian) Dawid(Polish) Tavita(Samoan) Dávid(Slovak) Tevita(Tongan) Davyd(Ukrainian) Dovid, Dudel(Yiddish)
Surname DescendantsDavid(Czech) Davidsen(Danish) David, Davids, Davidson(English) David(French) David(German) David(Portuguese) David(Romanian) Davidović(Serbian) David(Welsh)
Same SpellingDávid
User SubmissionsDàvid, Davíd

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Name Days

Bulgaria: June 26
Croatia: March 1
Croatia: December 29
Czechia: December 30
Denmark: December 30
France: December 29
Norway: December 30
Spain: March 1
Spain: December 29
Sweden: June 25


David and Goliath by Gustave Doré (1866)David and Goliath by Gustave Doré (1866)


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Entry updated January 21, 2022