Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Gavin

Gavin is the late medieval Lowland Scottish and English form of the ancient Welsh masculine name Gawain (although its etymology is not altogether certain). Gawain, in turn, is generally associated with the ancient Celtic Gwalchgwyn, from the Welsh elements “gwalch” meaning “hawk” and “gwyn” meaning “white, fair”. Gawain is best remembered as Sir Gawain, one of the notable Knights of the Roundtable in Arthurian legends. It was said that Gawain’s power grew as the sun heightened in the sky, and diminished as the sun set. The name was made most famous by a lengthy medieval poem written in a dialect of Middle English sometime in the 14th century (by an unknown author) called “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (or “Sir Gawayn ande the Grene Knyӡt” in its Middle English variation). Sir Gawain is basically romanticized as the perfect knight; the embodiment of all that is excellent. He’s handsome, loyal, strong, brave and chivalrous. See literary references below for more detail. Although Gawain/Gavin is essentially an ancient Celtic name, it was pretty much forgotten by the 18th century. Fortunately this “white hawk” is flying again (after a 20th century revival). First it was resurrected in England and Ireland, but today Sir Gavin is most popular in the United States and Canada.

All About the Baby Name – Gavin

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME GAVIN

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME GAVIN

Even though Gavin popped on and off the American male naming charts in the 1950s, the name didn’t really take hold until the 1960s. Gavin’s popularity was primarily low-to-moderate in the latter half of the 20th century. His breakthrough came in the 21st century when, in the year 2000, Gavin achieved Top 100 status for the first time ever. He may have already reached his peak success, though, because now he appears to be leveling off on the higher end of the Top 50 scale. Gavin’s usage has grown along with a modern trend that favors Celtic-sounding names in America – although unlike the popularity of Irish names, Gavin is Welsh (like Dylan, Rhys and Trevor). Even though Gavin has become slightly trendy in recent years, the name doesn’t feel worn-out or over-used. There’s a simple manliness to the name; a certain knightly quality.

Quick Facts

ON GAVIN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

49

PRONUNCIATION:

GAV-in

SIMPLE MEANING:

White hawk

Characteristics

OF GAVIN

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Gavin

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GAVIN

Popular Songs

ON GAVIN

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Gavin


Famous People

NAMED GAVIN

Gavin Newsom (politician)
Gavin Rossdale (musician)
Gavin Macleod (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GAVIN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Gavin

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GAVIN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gavin