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What does Gavin mean?

Gavin Pronunciation of Gavin 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH hawk (eagle), scottish, medieval, knight (warrior), literature, hero, pure, light (bright)


VARIANTS Gavan, Gaven, Gavino, Gavyn, Gavynn, Gawain, Gawaine, Gawan, Gawayn, Gawayne, Gawaine, Gavyn, Gwayn, Gwayne


(male) Gazin, ..

(female) Gavna, ..

Gavin Eder (G.E.), ..

How popular is Gavin?

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 (#2453 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Gavin entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #30 in the U.S. in 2008, and is presently at #111. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Gavin (#111 LAST YEAR) are Gavyn (#1697), Gavan and Gaven. Usage of these relations of Gavin was at its apex a decade ago (USAGE OF 0.6%) and has become much diminished since (USAGE 0.2%, 67.6% LESS), with forms like Gaven going out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Aarin, Alvin, Arvin, Bevin, Calvin, Dain, Darin, Davin, Devin, Eadin, Earvin, Edvin, Elvin, Fain, Farin, Gabi, Gabie, Gahan, Gail, Gains, Galen, Galil, Galin, Gallvin (see Galvin), Galven, Galvin, Galvon, Galyn, Garan, Gari, Garin, Garion, Garlin, Garon, Garrin, Garven, Garvin, Garvyn, Garwin, Gavril, Gaylin, Girvin, Godin, Gorin, Govind, Gwin, Havin, Irvin, Jabin, Jalin, Jarin, Jasin, Jovin, Kain, Kalin, Kalvin, Larin, Levin, Malin, Malvin, Marvin, Orvin, Osvin, Patin, Rain, Rayvin, Sabin, Savin, Slavin, Talin, Tarin, Tavin, Tevin, Wain and Yamin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gavin.

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