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What does Gawain mean?

Gawain Pronunciation of Gawain [gawain] as a name for boys has its root in Celtic, and the meaning of Gawain is "white hawk". Gawain is a version of Gavin (Celtic). See also Gwayne.

Associated with: white, hawk (eagle).


Gawain has 6 variants: Gawaine, Gawan, Gawayn, Gawayne, Gwayn and Gwayne.

5 more alternative forms via Gavin: Gavan, Gaven, Gavino, Gavyn and Gavynn.

Creative forms:
(male) Garwain, ..

(female) Gawaina, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gawain Jamarion (G.J.), ..

How popular is Gawain?

Gawain is an uncommonly occurring given name for men. Gawain is an equally unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Gawain (not ranked) are Gavin (#70 the previous year), Gavyn (#1111), Gaven and Gavan. Other variants, like Gavino, are seldom used. These relations of Gawain were popular as birth names 7 years ago (adoption of 0.6%) and are somewhat less popular today (adoption 0.3%, 48.7% less), with the form Gaven going out of style. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Similar Names

Gawain is pronounced similarly to Gahan, Gaine, Gwin, Gwinn, Gwyn, Gwynn and Gyan. Other recommended names are Adrain, Bain, Cain, Calvin, Camdin, Carlin, Darvin, Dewain, Duwain, Dwain, Earvin, Fagin, Gabbi, Gabie, Gaetan, Gafni, Gair, Galan, Galin, Gallvin (see Galvin), Galvan, Galvin, Galway, Gamlin, Gannon, Garan, Garin, Garlin, Garlyn, Garmann, Garmin, Garrin, Garvin, Garwin, Garwyn, Gaylin, Gehan, Gian, Glin, Godwin, Hadwin, Harbin, Harkin, Hawkin, Iain, Jaelin, Jaidin, Jalin, Kalin, Kawai, Marlin, Maslin, Orwin, Owain, Paulin, Sabin, Saladin, Slawin (see Slavin), Swain, Tannin, Tarrin, Taytin, Tramain (see Tremain), Twain, Walwin, Warrin, Waylin and Yamin. These names tend to be more frequently used than Gawain.

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