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Son of David; Beloved
Etymology & Historical Origin - Davis
Davis is the transferred use of a patronymic English surname from the given name David (by way of the pet form Davy). David comes from the Hebrew "Dodaveha" meaning ‘beloved of Jehovah’. David was the second and arguably greatest king of Israel which led to the popularity of his name among Jews and then later by Christians throughout Europe in medieval times. St. David was a 6th century Abbot of Menevia in Wales noted for his extreme adherence to monastic piety. He and his monks engaged in heavy manual labor and intense religious study. Monasteries throughout Wales flourished under his spiritual leadership and example, and St. David became the patron saint of Wales. The surname first emerged as Dauisse in the 14th century which later developed in Davys and finally Davis. As a given name, Davis is considered masculine and used primarily in the United States.
Popularity of the Name Davis
Davis has been on the American male naming charts as far back as the late 19th century when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends. The name may have been used in the southern states first in homage to Jefferson Davis, the only President of the Confederacy. Since the 20th century, Davis is a name that has been used in relatively low moderation. The 1960s marked the lowest point in its usage but began to rebound by the 1980s as trends began to favor surnames for first names. Today the name is only used very lightly, although as a surname, it’s one of the most common in the United States (like Smith, Jones, Miller and Brown). So even if Davis as a given name is not hugely popular, the ubiquity of the surname in America makes this name very familiar to everyone. One notable name bearer in the United States is Davis Love III, a well-established golfer on the PGA Tour who hails from North Carolina. Davis might be considered a more modern option to the ever-popular boy’s name David.
Popularity of the Boy Name Davis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Davis
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Davis
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Popular Songs on Davis
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Davis
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Famous People Named Davis
Famous People Named Davis - Davis Love III (golfer); Davis Romero (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named Davis
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Davis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Davis
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Davis