Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of the Irish masculine name “Caoimhín”, from the Gaelic elements “caomh” meaning “beautiful, gentle” and “ghín” meaning “born”. So Kevin essentially translates to “well-born” and/or “gentle, handsome child”. Caoimhín has been a long-standing favorite boy’s name in Ireland, owing much of his success to a 6th century saint Caoimhín (anglicized to St. Kevin of Glendalough) who lived as a hermit in a tiny, remote rock cave in the glacial valley of Glendalough, Ireland (about 30 miles south of Dublin). He represented one of the so-called Green Martyrs of Ireland – men who opted out of society to live a solitary existence, often subjecting themselves to harsh environments, where they alone could focus on their scripture studies and consecrate themselves wholly to God. St. Caoimhín’s reputation for his learned piety soon spread throughout Ireland, and pilgrimages were made to Glendalough bringing people eager to learn from him. Eventually a monastery grew up around St. Kevin’s inspiration, and he became a beacon saint among the Irish people. Celtic Christians have a long tradition of adopting pious names for their children, so it’s no surprise that Caoimhín/Kevin has remained in circulation for so long. Today the name Kevin remains a favorite among the Irish – but it also does quite well outside of the Emerald Isle’s borders. For instance, Kevin is a Top 100 favorite baby boy’s name in the following countries: Chile, Hungary, Sweden, the United States, Norway, Slovenia and Catalonia. Apparently this is a name appreciated far and wide.

All About the Baby Name – Kevin

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME KEVIN

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME KEVIN

Kevin first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list during the 1920s. It reached its peak in the 1960s when it averaged around #14 in terms of popularity. Since then, the name has been slipping an average of 10 places every decade since its height of popularity. This is a pretty slow decline, which shows that the name Kevin has staying power. It’s a common, attractive Gaelic name that appeals to those looking to honor their Irish heritage. It has a simple, strong two-syllable sound that’s manly but not macho. The name itself means “handsome, gentle child” and of good birth; seems you can’t go wrong with an etymology like that!

Quick Facts

ON KEVIN

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

72

PRONUNCIATION:

KEH-vin

SIMPLE MEANING:

Gentle child, well-born, handsome

Characteristics

OF KEVIN

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Kevin

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME KEVIN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Kevin

Popular Songs

ON KEVIN

Cousin Kevin
a song by The Who

Full on Kevin's Mom
a song by Soundgarden

Kevin's Song
a song by the Goo Goo Dolls

Famous People

NAMED KEVIN

Kevin Bacon (actor)
Kevin Federline (famous husband)
Kevin Garnett (basketball player)
Kevin Costner (actor)
Kevin James (actor)
Kevin Jonas (musician)
Kevin Johnson (basketball player/politician)
Kevin Kline (actor)
Kevin McHale (basketball player)
Kevin Nealon (comic/actor)
Kevin Spacey (actor)
Kevin Sorbo (actor)
Kevin Smith (director)
Kevin Pollak (comic/actor)
Kevin Bacon (actor)
Kevin Federline (famous husband)
Kevin Garnett (basketball player)
Kevin Costner (actor)
Kevin James (actor)
Kevin Jonas (musician)
Kevin Johnson (basketball player/politician)
Kevin Kline (actor)
Kevin McHale (basketball player)
Kevin Nealon (comic/actor)
Kevin Spacey (actor)
Kevin Sorbo (actor)
Kevin Smith (director)
Kevin Pollak (comic/actor)
Kevin Bacon (actor)
Kevin Federline (famous husband)
Kevin Garnett (basketball player)
Kevin Costner (actor)
Kevin James (actor)
Kevin Jonas (musician)
Kevin Johnson (basketball player/politician)
Kevin Kline (actor)
Kevin McHale (basketball player)
Kevin Nealon (comic/actor)
Kevin Spacey (actor)
Kevin Sorbo (actor)
Kevin Smith (director)
Kevin Pollak (comic/actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED KEVIN

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME KEVIN

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