[ 2 syll. ga-vin, gav-in ] The baby boy name Gavin is pronounced in English as GAEV-ihN †. Gavin has its origins in the Welsh language, and it is used largely in English, Scottish, and Welsh. Gavin is of the meaning 'white hawk'. It is derived from gwalch which means 'hawk' ; gwen 'white, fair, blessed, holy'. The name is of uncertain origin; it could be from Gawain (Old French), itself from Gwalchgwyn (Welsh). The name appeared in Arthurian legend as Sir Gawain, one of the knights of the Round Table. Use of the first name dwindled in the 16th century but it saw a revival in recent times.
The name Gavin is used to a great extent; it has 29 variant forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant forms include Galvin, Galvyn, Gaon, Gauvin, Gav, Gaveno, Gavinn, Gavn, Gavon, Gavun, Gavyn, Gavynn, Gavyno, Gawain (used in Welsh as well), Gawaine, Gawath, Gawayn, Gawayne, Gawen, Gawin, Gawyn, Gowen, Gowin, Gwayn, and Gwayne. Other English forms include the spelling variants Gavan and Gaven. Variant forms of Gavin used in foreign languages include the French Gauvain and the Italian Gavino.
Gavin is popular as a baby name for boys. The name grew in popularity from the 1950s up to the 2000s. Its usage peaked in 2008 with 0.541% of baby boys being named Gavin. Its ranking then was #30. The baby name has since dropped in popularity. In 2018, it ranked at #111 with a usage of 0.179%, but it was nevertheless the most commonly used among all boy names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Gavin include Gavinn, Gavynn, Gabin, Gaffnea, Gaffnee, Gaffney, Gaffni, Gaffnie, Gaffny, Gafni, Gauvain, Gauvin, Gavon, Gavun, Gavyn, Gefen, Gefnea, Gefnee, Gefney, and Gefni.
† Pronunciation for Gavin: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"