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What does Gavin mean?

Gavin Pronunciation of Gavin [gavin] as a boys' name is pronounced GAV-en. It is of Celtic origin, and the meaning of Gavin is "white hawk". Scottish form of the medieval name Gawain, the name of the knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legends. It first appears in French literature as Gauvain, and in Welsh sources as Gwalchmai. The element gwalch means "hawk" and has been used to imply the qualities of a hero. The element mai is of uncertain derivation, and may mean "pure, light", from translation into Breton to the Welsh element (g)wyn meaning "white, pure, fair". Actor Gavin MacLeod.

Associated with: hawk (eagle), scottish, medieval, knight (warrior), literature, hero, pure, light (bright).


Gavin has 14 variants: Gavan, Gaven, Gavino, Gavyn, Gavyn, Gavynn, Gawain, Gawaine, Gawaine, Gawan, Gawayn, Gawayne, Gwayn and Gwayne.

1 feminine form: Gavina.

Creative forms:
(male) Gavind, Gazin, ..

(female) Gavena, Gavna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gavin Madison (G.M.), ..

How popular is Gavin?

Gavin is a somewhat popular first name for males (#685 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular last name for all people (#2453 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gavin entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #30 in the U.S. in 2008, and is presently at #70. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Gavin (#70 last year) are Gavyn (#1111 last year), Gaven and Gavan. Usage of these relations of Gavin was at its apex a decade ago (usage of 0.6%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.3%, 48.7% less), with the form Gaven going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gavin, Gavan, Gaven, Gavyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aarin, Alvin, Arvin, Bevin, Calvin, Dain, Darin, Davin, Devin, Eadin, Earvin, Edvin, Elvin, Fain, Farin, Gabi, Gabie, Gahan, Gail, Gains, Galen, Galil, Galin, Gallvin (see Galvin), Galven, Galvin, Galvon, Galyn, Garan, Gari, Garin, Garion, Garlin, Garon, Garrin, Garven, Garvin, Garvyn, Garwin, Gavril, Gaylin, Girvin, Godin, Gorin, Govind, Gwin, Havin, Irvin, Jabin, Jalin, Jarin, Jasin, Jovin, Kain, Kalin, Kalvin, Larin, Levin, Malin, Malvin, Marvin, Orvin, Osvin, Patin, Rain, Rayvin, Sabin, Savin, Slavin, Talin, Tarin, Tavin, Tevin, Wain and Yamin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gavin.

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