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The DAVID surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 38,659 818 0.014 143
United States (1880 census) 5,436 1112 0.011 109
Change since 1880 +33223 +294 +0.003 +34
Other Countries
Australia 1,623 1004 0.010 99
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for DAVID by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 4,795 589 0.014 142
New York 3,517 395 0.019 185
Florida 2,651 670 0.017 166
Texas 2,545 925 0.012 122
Louisiana 1,924 268 0.043 431
Top States for DAVID by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,924 268 0.043 431
Alaska 174 348 0.028 278
Delaware 185 628 0.024 236
Nevada 395 487 0.020 198
New York 3,517 395 0.019 185


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called DAVID live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called DAVID represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called DAVID in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a DAVID by picking someone at random in Louisiana than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of DAVID

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of DAVID in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 711 1.84
White (Caucasian) 25,240 65.29
Black/African American 5,316 13.75
Asian/Pacific 4,059 10.5
White (Hispanic) 2,331 6.03
Mixed Race 1,005 2.6

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the DAVID surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of DAVID in historical publications

DAVID. Though of ancient standing in Wales, this Christian name scarcely appears in England before the Conquest. Modified in various forms it has since produced many family names, some of which are among the commonest in use, as Davids, Davidson, Davidge — Davey, Davy, Davie — Davies, Davis, Daviss, Daves, Davison. From Daw, the nickname, come Dawe, Dawes, Daws, Dawson, Dawkes, Dawkins, Dawkinson, and from another form of the nickname, according to Camden, we get Day, Dayes, Dayson, and Dakin.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to DAVID

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DAVID.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for DAVID

The following words are slight variants of DAVID that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.