| Background: Son of David. Darling, Friend. A name common in both England and Scotland from the 12th century and in Wales much earlier.
From a surname based on the name DAVID. Possibly derived from Hebrew ??? (dvd) meaning "beloved". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. Jesus was supposedly descended from him.
Famous bearers of this name include the 5th-century patron saint of Wales, two kings of Scotland, empiricist philosopher David Hume, and explorer David Livingstone. This is also the name of the hero of Charles Dickens' semiautobiographical novel 'David Copperfield'.
Variations: Davies, Davis, Divis, David, Davidson, Davison.
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