Last name: David

This famous medieval surname is recorded in over one hundred spellings, and found throughout Europe. These include examples such as Daud, Dewi, and Taffe, through to patronymics Davidge, Davidovich, and Davitashvili. It owes its popularlity to the Hebrew male given name "David" meaning "beloved", which as a given name has always been very popular with both the Jews and the Christians. The reasons are rather confused, but essentially the original King David, regarded as the greatest of the early kings of Israel, is held upto be a popular hero by both races. The popularity of the name throughout Europe followed the famous "crusades" of the 11th and 12th centuries, when successive generations of kings mounted expeditions to save the Holy Land for Christianity. All were unsuccessful, but returning soldiers and pilgrims fired by their experiences, gave biblical names to their children in commemoration of their father's exploits. David was one of the most popular. In addition the name was given a further boost by its adoption as the patron saint of Wales, and later because it was borne by two kings of Scotland, King David 1st, 1124 - 1153, and King David 11nd, 1329 - 1371. The first known recording of the surname anywhere in the world and in any spelling, was probably that of Robert David, recorded in the English charters known as the "Hundred Rolls" for the county of Leicestershire, in the year 1278. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" in spelling. This has often lead to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My last name is David and my ancestors are from the Czech Republic (specifically Bohemia), where apparently there were quite a few Davids in southern Bohemia. Because my grandfather was off the boat and his name was David and his father before him was also David (spelled exactly the same as I spell it) - we always figured if we searched enough, we are probably Jewish although we weren't raised Jewish. In the NYC area the surname David, is normally considered a Jewish name.

Dorothy David

My husband is Stefan David & he's from Germany.

StevenDavid
im Steven David from texas ive also wondered about my last name only met my dad twice but he was from louisiana his name was Jerry David

Genesis David
Tarlac, Philippines.

David
South Texas

Adrienne Nicole David
Hey Folks! This last name is such a mystery but my father is Nelson David from the Philippines. Now, I know the Filipino people have bloodlines coming from Spain because of the discovery and settlements in history by the Spaniards but when doing research about the last name David some websites directed it to Portugal decent. All I know is that my grandmother's maiden name was Sobrevenias and my grandfather was Cruz-David so that def. sounds Spanish to me. But, I have totally met White people here in Texas with David lastnames and it blew my mind. Anyway, I love my people and my last name even though all my life (34yrs) people always ask "that's your last name?" I just look and say well it isn't my first name lol! My people look Asian-Pacific Islander- Spanish!

Jeff David
I converted in Judaism and changed my last name to David.

Cheri Arthur

Matilda David was my great grandfathers mother who came here from France and lived along the border of France and Germany in the 1850's - they were Farmers - trying to figure out if they were French or maybe even Jewish because a lot of the jewish people let that area and were farmers - trying to find Davids from this area in the 1850's

Igor David

My last name is David and I am Ruthenian, my ancestors are from area which is known as Zakarpattia (between Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland). There are quite lot of people from that area in USA, would be interesting to see if there are any other David families from this area.

George David

My family traces it's US heritage to Taylors Bridge DE in the mid 18th century. Any leads would be appreciated.

Richard David

My great great grandfather Louis Napoleon David arrived in New Orleans La in 1808, moved to Philadephia later....great grandfather followed the 49er's to San Francisco....grandfather to BC by 1900...some David's went north to Nova Scotia

Ron David
I always wondered where surname David originated since people always ask if that was my last name. My father was from Tarlac,Philippines.