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David Name Meaning

Jewish Welsh Scottish English French Breton Portuguese Czech Croatian and Slovenian; Hungarian (Dávid) Slovak (mainly Dávid): from the Hebrew personal name David (in Hungarian and Slovak spelled Dávid) interpreted as ‘beloved’. The name has been perennially popular among Jews in honor of the Biblical king of this name. His prominence and the vivid narrative of his life contained in the First Book of Samuel led to adoption of the name among Christians in the Middle Ages in various parts of Europe. In Britain the popularity of this as a personal name was increased for two reasons. Firstly by virtue of its being the name of the patron saint of Wales who was abbot-bishop in the 6th century at what became known as Saint David's in Pembrokeshire. There are numerous dedications and placenames honouring the saint in south Wales and it is no coincidence that the modern surname is heavily concentrated there especially in Glamorgan. Secondly the name 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 Saint Gleb (died 1015) one of two sons of Prince Vladimir of Kiev who were martyred for their Christian zeal. In North America the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from some other languages especially Assyrian/Chaldean Dawid and Arabic Daud (with variants such as Daoud and Dawood ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how David families moved over time by selecting different census years. The David family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most David families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 1,538 David families living in Quebec. This was about 56% of all the recorded David's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of David families in 1911.
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What did your David ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named David. 15% of David men worked as a Farmer and 9% of David women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named David were Labourer and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
  • Journalier
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Couturire
  • Journalier
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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