Meaning and Name Origin
Gavin \g(a)-vin\ 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.
Gavin has 1 feminine form: Gavina.
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 (#2659 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Gavin for boys. Gavin entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #30 in the U.S. in 2008, and is presently at #60. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Gavin and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Gavin (#60 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Gavyn (#941 last year) and Gaven. Adoption of these boy names was at its apex in the year 2003 and has become much less since, with the forms Gavyn and Gaven becoming less in vogue. Gavin (#60) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)