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What does Kevin mean?

Kevin Pronunciation of Kevin [kevin] as a boys' name is pronounced KEV-in. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kevin is "handsome beloved". Saint Kevin (seventh century) founded a monastery that became famous as an educational center. Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin; basketball player Kevin Garnett.

Associated with: irish, handsome, saint, monastery, famous.


Kevin has 9 variants: Kevan, Keven, Keveon, Kevinn, Kevion, Kevis, Kevon, Kevron and Kevyn.

Related boy names: Nevin, Tevin and Tevon.

1 feminine form: Kevina.

Creative forms:
(male) Keain, Kenin, ..

(female) Kevani, Kevna, ..

Middle name pairings:
Kevin Benson (K.B.), ..

How popular is Kevin?

Kevin is a very prominent first name for males (#23 out of 1220, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#50572 out of 150436, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Kevin entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its apex position of #13 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #79 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Kevin (#79 in 2015) are Kevan, Keven, Kevion, Kevon, Kevyn, Nevin, Tevin (#1354 in 2015) and Tevon. These forms of Kevin were at the peak of their popularity 6 decades ago (average #1443) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1714, 80% less usage), with versions such as Tevin becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kevin, Kevan, Keven, Kevion, Kevon in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kevyn, Nevin, Tevin, Tevon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kevin is alike in pronunciation to Cavan, Kavan, Kayvan, Kayven and Keyvan. Other recommended names are Alvin, Arvin, Bevin, Bevvin, Davin, Delvin, Dervin, Devin, Devlin, Edvin, Elvin, Ervin, Evin, Gavin, Havin, Hein, Herin, Irvin, Jeavin, Jevin, Jevvin (see Jevon), Jovin, Kadin, Kaelin, Kain, Kalin, Kalvin, Kean, Kearn, Keelin, Keen, Kefir, Kegan, Keir, Kelan, Kellin, Keltin, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvin, Kelvis, Kelvon, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Ken, Kenan, Kenn, Kentin, Keon, Kern, Kervin, Kervyn, Kerwin, Ketil, Klein, Korin, Levin, Medvin, Melvin, Mervin, Orvin, Osvin, Regin, Savin, Sevrin, Tavin, Trevin and Yemin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Kevin.

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