[ 2 syll. ke-vin, kev-in ] The baby boy name Kevin is pronounced as KEHV-ihN (English) †. Kevin is used predominantly in the English, Gaelic, German, and Irish languages, and its origin is Celtic. It is derived from the elements 'caomh' meaning fair, comely, gentle ; 'coim' kind, gentle. Coemgen (Old Irish) is an old form of Kevin. The name is Anglicized from the Gaelic Caoimhín or Caoimhínn, which are originally bynames from the element 'caomh' (meaning fair, comely, gentle), with the meaning 'fair at birth'. The name was borne by the 7th century Saint Kevin of Glendalough, the patron saint of Dublin. The name Caoimhe (English, Irish, and Scottish) is the female version of Kevin.
The name Kevin is used to a great extent; it has 39 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Cavan, Kaiven, Kavan, Keaven, Keevon, Keivan, Kev, Kevan (used in Dutch too), Keve, Keveen, Keveon, Keverne, Kevian, Kevien, Kevinn, Kevins, Kevion, Kevis, Kevn, Kevon, Kevonne, Kevran, Kevren, Kevrin, Kevron, Kevrun, Kevryn, Kevvy, Kewan, and Keyvan. The variant spellings Cevin, Keven, and Kevyn are other English forms. A variant of Kevin in other languages is Caoimhin (Irish).
Kevin is popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1920s up to the 1960s. At the peak of its usage in 1965, 1.487% of baby boys were given the name Kevin. It ranked at #13 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.308% and its ranking #67, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. The name Kevin has mostly been a baby boy name, though it has also been given to girls in the past century. In 1983, the name Kevin was given to 115 times as many baby boys than girls.
Baby names that sound like Kevin include Kevinn, Kavien, Kavin, Kavon, Kavun, Kavyn, Kayvin, Kayvun, Kayvyn, Keevin, Keivyn, Kevan, Kevonne, Kevyn, Khalfan, Cadfan, Caoimhghín, Cavan, Cavin, and Cavon.
† Pronunciation for Kevin: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Kevin:
Actor Kevin Bacon, born 8 July 1958, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Kevin Costner, born 18 January 1955, Los Angeles, California.
Actor Kevin Sorbo, born 24 September 1958, Mound, Minnesota.
Actor Kevin Spacy, born 26 July 1959, South Orange, New Jersey.
Filmmaker Kevin Smith, born Kevin Patrick Smith, 2 August 1970, Red Bank, New Jersey.
Singer Kevin Federline, born 21 March 1978, Fresno, California.