Most Bible translators and commentator will render the name David as Beloved, but as always with important names, the etymology of the name David is disputed. But we can't help noticing the distinct similarity of this name with the Hebrew root (dwd) that yields (dod), meaning beloved in general or uncle more specifically; (doda), meaning aunt; (duday), meaning mandrake; (dud), meaning pot, jar.

Other words of interest are (dad), meaning nipple, breast, and (dada), meaning to move slowly. A Hebrew verb that seems at least visually related (no etymological relationship is mentioned by the sources used) is (ydd), love. King David's most important son, Solomon, was named Jedidiah by Nathan the prophet. The name Jedidiah is formed from this verb .