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The name Gavin has the following meaning:

One who resembles a white falcon. Popularized by the famous tale of King Authur and the Knights of the Round Table. Sir Gawain (root name for Gavin) was one of the knights.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Gavin is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 55 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Gavin fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 3 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 33 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Gavin in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Gavin is pronounced as gav-in


Gavin originates from the Welsh language.

See other suggested Welsh boy baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Gavin and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Gavin: Boys - Newlin, Trevor, Girls - Caron, Decia, Glenna, Gwyneth, Both genders - Bryn, Carey, Deverell, Dylan, Gladys, Jennifer


Popular Variants for the name Gavin: Gabhan (Gaelic), Galvin, Galvyn, Gauvin, Gavan, Gaven, Gavinn, Gavino (Italian), Gavon, Gavvin, Gavyn, Gavynn, Gawain, Gawaine, Gawayn, Gawayne, Gawen, Gawin, Gawyn, Gowen, Gowin


We think the name Gavin should fall under the following style category: Celtic.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Gavin to be: Wise gentleman who displays many leadership qualities

In one word, you might describe Gavin as a(n) "wise" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Gavin (or its variants) are:

Gavin DeGraw, born on 4 February, a famous musician. Gavin DeGraw's background: An American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gavin Christopher Newsom , born on 10 October, a famous politician. Gavin Christopher Newsom 's background: The current mayor of San Francisco, California. A Democrat, Newsom was elected mayor in 2003, succeeding Willie Brown and becoming San Francisco's youngest mayor in 100 years.

Gavin Rossdale, born on 30 October, a famous musician. Gavin Rossdale's background: A British musician most famous for being the lead singer and guitarist of the former British rock band, Bush, and later the lead singer and guitarist of Institute, which broke up in 2006 after only one album.
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