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What does Kerwin mean?

Kerwin Pronunciation of Kerwin [ker-win] as a boys' name is pronounced KER-win. It is of Irish origin, and the meaning of Kerwin is "little dark one". Also possibly (Old English) "swamp friend".

Associated with: irish, little, dark, old, swamp (meadow), friend.


Kerwin has 6 variants: Kervin, Kervyn, Kerwinn, Kerwyn, Kirwan and Kirwen.

Creative forms:
(male) Keiwin, Kenwin, ..

(female) Kersia, Kerti, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kerwin Kalel (K.K.), ..

How popular is Kerwin?

Kerwin is a rare first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#8495 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kerwin was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #1012 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Kervin is the only other prominent alternative form of Kerwin listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Kerwin were popular 6 decades ago (median #1350).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kerwin, Kervin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kerwin and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kerwin is alike in pronunciation to Caerwyn, Carwyn, Corin, Corrin, Corwan, Corwin, Corwinn, Corwyn, Keiran, Keirohn, Keirown, Kieran, Kieren, Kieron, Kierren, Kierrin, Kierron, Kiran, Koren, Korin, Korrin, Kyran and Kyron. Other suggested similar names are Arwin, Bergin, Berlin, Bertin, Berwin, Berwyn, Delwin, Derrin, Dervin, Derwin, Derwyn, Durwin, Erwin, Ferrin, Garwin, Germin, Hedwin, Herin, Irwin, Jermin, Jerrin, Karlin, Karmi, Kearn, Keelin, Kellin, Kelvin, Kelwin, Kelwinn (see Kelvin), Kelwyn, Kentin, Kerbie, Kerem, Kermit, Kernan, Kerrie, Kevin, Korbin, Marwin, Medwin, Melwin, Merlin, Mervin, Merwin, Merwinn (see Mervin), Merwyn, Norwin, Orwin, Selwin, Sherwin, Terrin and Verlin. These names tend to be more commonly used than Kerwin.

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