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Origins of the David surname

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About the Davids

We have a total number of 58619 records for people with the last name David.

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Where do most Davids live?

In 1921, most Davids lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Davids

How common is your surname?

518th most common surname in the UK

We have 48,600 records for the David surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Davids most likely to marry?




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What are the most common David first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Davids

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Davids in 1921
House Servant






General Servant


At Home


Common Male occupations for Davids in 1921




Coal Miner




Agricultural Labourer


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