What does Gareth mean?
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.
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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)
Shown below is the birth name statistics of Gareth for boys. 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)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Shown below is a study of the popularity of Gareth and associated 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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.