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Meaning and name origin

Gavin \g(a)-vin\ as a boy's 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.

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

There is 1 feminine form of Gavin: Gavina.


Gavin is a somewhat popular first name for males (#685 out of 1220, Top 56%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#2659 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gavin for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gavin name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gavin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gavin (#60), Gavyn (#941) and Gaven. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gavin, Gavyn, Gaven in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Davin, Galin, Galvin, Garin, Garvin, Havin, Savin and Tavin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gavin.


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