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What is the meaning of the name David

David is a hebrew name that has played an important part in Judaism as well as Christian faiths; David was the second king of Israel, right after Saul. David was also the father of the famous king Solomon.  David is the third name in frequency found in the Torah; from that time until modern times this name has been used many times; many important people that have played an important roles in our society were named David.

David and Goliath
David and Goliath by Caravaggio

The name David means "Beloved" in hebrew.

The name David is written דָּוִד in hebrew.

The most usual nicknames for David are: Dave, Davey.

David is a very popular name in the United States and elsewhere in the world (only second to John in prevalence in the US)

Here is a small list of important historical figures that bore the name David:

King David the First
David Cameron, Prime minister of Great Britain at the time of writing
David Suzuki, environmentalist
David Chase, TV screen writer who wrote the series "The Sopranos"
David Coulthard, scottish formula one pilot
David Lynch, film director
Abraham ben David
David Bowie, pop singer
Dwight David Eisenhower, former President of the United States