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Meaning and name origin

Gareth \g(a)-re-th\ as a boy's name is pronounced GARE-eth. It is of Celtic origin, and the meaning of Gareth is "gentle". Sir Gareth, noted for his modesty and bravery, was a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Literary: the name appeared in the 15th century in Sir Thomas Malory's "Le Morte D'Arthur". It may have been a form of Geraint, or be linked to Welsh gwaraidd meaning "gentle". Gary, which is actually an independent name, is often used as a pet form of Gareth.


Gareth has 7 variant forms: Garith, Garreth, Garret, Garth, Gary, Garyth and Gaz.

For more information, see also related boy names Garson and Jareth.


Gareth is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gareth and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gary (#560), Garth and Garret. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Garret, Garth, Gary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gareth is also pronounced similarly to Garrith. Other suggested similar baby names are Gared, Garett and Garrett. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gareth.