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What does Gareth mean?

Gareth Pronunciation of Gareth [gareth] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: gentle, knight (warrior), king, literary.


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

Affiliated boy names: Garson and Jareth.

5 more relations via Gary, Geraint: Garey, Gari, Garrey, Garrie and Garry.

Creative forms:
(male) Coreth, Gireth, ..

(female) Garetha, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gareth Korben (G.K.), ..

How popular is Gareth?

Gareth is an uncommonly occurring first name for males. Gareth is an uncommon surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gareth entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #1282 in the U.S. in the year 1992, and is at #1577 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gareth name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Garey, Garret, Garry, Garth, Gary (#582 the previous year) and Jareth are the prominent alternative forms of Gareth (#1577 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Garrie, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Gareth was more pronounced during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 1.7%) and has become much diminished since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gareth, Garey, Garret, Garry, Garth in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gary, Jareth in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gareth is alike in pronunciation to Garrith. Other recommended names are Baret, Barth, Gabe, Gadish, Gage, Galath, Galbreath, Gale, Galeno, Galt, Gamel, Ganesh, Gannet, Gannett, Gard, Gardie, Gared, Garek, Garen, Garett, Garin, Garlan, Garlen, Garlin, Garlyn, Garmen, Garmin, Garmon, Garnar, Garnet, Garnett, Garold, Garon, GarrIk, Garrad, Garran, Garrat, Garratt, Garreck, Garred, Garren, Garrett, Garrin, Garritt, Garrot (see Garret), Garrott, Garvan, Garve, Garven, Garvey, Garvie, Garvin, Garvy, Garwin, Garwyn, Gaven, Gelett, Gerek, Gore, Goren, Greer, Greg, Gregg, Greig, Grey, Japheth, Jarett, Jarlath, Jarreth, Jereth, Jeth, Markeith, Seth and Worth. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gareth.

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