David Name Meaning

Jewish, Welsh, Scottish, English, French, Portuguese, German, Czech, Slovak (Dávid) and Slovenian: from the Hebrew personal name David ‘beloved’, which has been perennially popular among Jews, in honor of the Biblical king of this name, the greatest of the early kings of Israel. His prominence, and the vivid narrative of his life contained in the First Book of Samuel, led to adoption of the name in various parts of Europe, notably Britain, among Christians in the Middle Ages. The popularity of this as a personal name was increased in Britain, firstly by virtue of its being the name of the patron saint of Wales (about whom very little is known: he was probably a 6th-century monk and bishop) and secondly because it was borne by two kings of Scotland (David I, reigning 1124–53, and David II, 1329–71). Its popularity in Russia is largely due to the fact that this was the ecclesiastical name adopted by St. Gleb (died 1015), one of two sons of Prince Vladimir of Kiev who were martyred for their Christian zeal.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gavin, Davy, Davids, Davie, Savin, Danis, Lavin, Davio, Davino

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  • Farmer

    11%
  • Coal Miner

    6%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%

In 1881, the most common David occupation in the UK was Farmer. 11% of David's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by David. A less common occupation for the David family was Agricultural Labourer.

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Between 1940 and 2004, David life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for David in 1940 was 35, and 73 in 2004.

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