Name: David

Origin and Meaning of the Name David

  • Meaning:
    Beloved
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (DAY vid); (da VEED)
  • Form of:
    Itself (David)
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Miscellaneous Info for David

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  • Used in:
    Czech, Dutch, English, French, Slovak, Spanish and Armenian speaking countries
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    David ruled as king of Israel in the 10th century BC and Jesus is thought to have descended from him. In the Old Testament, several of Davidís stories are told, including his defeat of Goliath.

    St David is the patron saint of Wales, the only one of the British patron saints to be celebrated in the country of his birth. He founded various monastic settlements in Wales, and is said to have performed several miracles. St David's, where he was buried, is the smallest city in the UK. It has only 2000 residents, but does boast a cathedral.

    Camp David is the mountain retreat of the US Presidents, the 'David' part was named for Dwight Eisenhower's grandson David. This was also President Eisenhower's given name before he adopted his middle, Dwight, to go by.

    Jacques-Louis David was a French painter, more commonly known by David, famous for his painting 'The Death of Marat'.

    David Cameron is the leader of the British Conservative party. Other notable Davids include footballer David Beckham, singer David Bowie and talk-show host David Letterman.

    David was the 13th most popular name in the USA. Outside of the US, it is particularly popular in Spain (#4 in 2006) and Austria (#3 in 2006)

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Popularity Rank of David (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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