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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 Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name David. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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David Family Origin

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David Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by David. A less common occupation for the David family was Keeping House. The most common David occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of David's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


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David Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 278,000 census records available for the last name David. Like a window into their day-to-day life, David census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 117,000 immigration records available for the last name David. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 52,000 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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