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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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David Family Origin

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David Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the David family was Cooper. The most common David occupation in Canada was Farmer. 16% of David's were Farmers. Farmer, Cultivateur and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by David.

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  • Farmer

    16%
  • Cultivateur

    10%
  • Journalier

    6%
  • Cooper

    3%

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David Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name David. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name David. For the veterans among your David ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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David Life Expectancy

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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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