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David is a common male given name and surname of Hebrew origin. The name David is a derivation of an ancient Mesopotamian given name and appears in the Bible as the Biblical Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dāwīḏ pronunciation: [dɔːˈviːð]; Modern Hebrew: [daˈvid]), meaning "Darling" or "Beloved".
In Harry Turtledove's work, the following are known only as "David":
- David, King of Israel, the second King of Biblical Israel, posthumously referenced as Tabitas in "Occupation Duty".
- David (Not All Wolves), a Jewish resident of Cologne in "Not All Wolves".
- David (Worldwar), a Jewish resistance fighter and minor character in the Worldwar: In the Balance.
- Edward VIII of Britain, a historical Monarch of the United Kingdom who is occasionally mentioned in Turtledove works, used David as his name in private life.
The following characters have David as a first name:
- David Bruck, fictional baker in The War That Came Early.
- Sir David Clarke, fictional American politician in The Two Georges.
- David Dillon, fictional doctor, minor character in Settling Accounts: Return Engagement.
- David Endicott, fictional professor in "Crybaby".
- David Fisher, an EPAgent and POV of The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump.
- David Frisch, a historical American physicist referenced in "Joe Steele (story)".
- David Goldfarb, fictional radio operator, POV in the Worldwar franchise.
- David Hamburger, a character from Southern Victory.
- David Hartley, historical British statesman appearing in The United States of Atlantis.
- David Letterman, historical late night talk show host referenced in "A Different Vein".
- David Levinsky, minor fictional character in The Man With the Iron Heart.
- David McCormick, a sailor and minor character in Opening Atlantis: Avalon.
- David Nussboym, fictional spy, POV character in the Worldwar franchise.
- David E. Twiggs, a historical Confederate General referenced in "Lee at the Alamo".
The following characters have David as a middle name:
- Dwight Eisenhower, historical President of the United States involved in numerous Turtledove works. He originally went by the name David Dwight Eisenhower, later reversing the order of his first two names.
- Henry David Primrose, minor character in "The Scarlet Band".
- Jerome David Salinger, author parodied by Turtledove in "The Catcher in the Rhine".
- J. David Stern, historical publisher referenced in Joe Steele (novel).
The following have Davis as a first name:
The following characters have Davis as a middle name:
- Edward Davis Bass, historical Chattanooga Mayor appearing in Joe Steele (novel).
- Samuel Davis McReynolds, historical U.S. Congressman appearing in Joe Steele (novel).
- Jefferson Pinkard, fictional soldier, POV in Southern Victory.
- Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr., historical United States Army General, referenced in American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold.
Persons known by the diminutive form Dave:
- Dave (Infamy), soldier and minor character in Days of Infamy (novel).
- Dave (Curious Notions), farmer and minor character in Curious Notions.
- Dave (Irvhank), nuclear engineer in "The Irvhank Effect".
- Dave (TV Reporter), TV News Reporter and minor character in Supervolcano: Eruption.
- Dave Hartman, fictional character in The War That Came Early: Last Orders.
- Dave Jenkins, a car salesman appearing in "Peace is Better" in the State of Jefferson Stories.
- Dave Michaels, historical musician appearing in "The Fillmore Shoggoth".
- Dave Simpkins, a hiring clerk and minor character in The Hot War: Armistice.
Persons known by the diminutive forms Davey or Davy:
- Davey (Atlantis), a house-slave in Liberating Atlantis.
- Davy Crockett, historical American congressman and military leader referenced in "Lee at the Alamo".
- Davey Hatton, a ship's cook and minor character in Settling Accounts: Return Engagement.
Persons named Daud, an Arabic form of David:
- Daud (In High Places), a robber and minor character in In High Places.
- Da'ud ibn Zubayr, fictional officer of the Caliphate in "Islands in the Sea".
Persons with surnames that are a variation of David:
- Jacques-Louis David, historical French painter referenced in "Audubon in Atlantis."
- Avram Sasha Davidov, fictional Red Army soldier in The War That Came Early.
- George Davies, a fictional biologist in "Bluff".
- Irma Davis, waitress and minor character in The Disunited States of America.
- Jefferson Davis, historical President of the Confederate States appearing in The Guns of the South and referenced in other works.
- John W. Davis, historical politician mentioned in "Joe Steele (story)"/Joe Steele (novel).
- Richard Harding Davis, historical journalist appearing in The Great War.
- Varina Davis, historical Confederate First Lady appearing in The Guns of the South.