The surname ‘David’ is of Hebrew origin from the male given name ‘David’, signifieing ‘beloved’. The surname is a patronymic of Davidson, meaning ‘the son of David’. The added -s- signifieing the ‘son of David’. The given name has been popular amongst the Welsh, Scots, English, French, Portuguese, Czechs and Israelis. It has however been perennially popular amongst Jews, in honour of the biblical king so named, the greatest of the early kings of Israel. Within the Bible the name is given to no one except the great king of Israel. His prominence, and the vivid narrative of his life contained in the first book of Samuel, led to the adoption of his name on a limited scale amongst Cristians throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. The friendship of David and Jonathon ( Sam.18:1-4 ) was proverbial, adding significance to the name. Its popularity within Engand is due to it being the name of the patron saint of Wales and that it was borne by two kings of Scotland ( David 1, reigned 1124-53, and David 2, reigned 1329-71 ). In America the given name is predominately a Jewish name. The name is ancient and dates back to biblical times. The exact period o… Coat of arms: Gules, on a bend argent a li…
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