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Of Hebrew origin.

From the name “Dawid”, deriving from the Hebrew word “dwd”, meaning “beloved”.

According to the Books of Samuel, he was the second king of the Kingdom of Israel and an ancestor of Jesus.

In the Old Testament, he defeated Goliath, the Philistine giant.

The name was used in Britain since the Middle Ages.

Two Scottish kings were bearers of the name.

Feminine forms of the name are Davina, Davinia, Davida.

Alternative forms of the name are Dave, Davie, Davide, Dudel, Dawid, Daud, Davi, Dewey, Dewydd.

Famous bearers are David Livingston, David Bowie, David Beckham, David Gilmour, David Lynch, David Copperfield, David Hasselhoff, David Letterman, David Silva, David Villa, David Duchovny, David Cameron, David Attenborough, David Tennant, David Schwimmer, David Oyelowo, David Caruso, David Lee Roth.

David Bowie was one of the most influential artists of his generation, an international star and an artist recognized by other musicians as a true innovator.