Gavin Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Gavin:
Of uncertain etymology, some believe Gavin to be from Gwalchmai, a Gaelic name derived from the elements gwalch (a hawk) and maedd (a blow, battle). In Arthurian legend, Gavin is a byname for Sir Gawain, a knight of the Round Table and nephew of King Arthur.
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It's really small. While the Celtic origins for the name Gavin remain a popular theory, there is another theory for the origin of this name. This name might come from the Latin name Gavinus, or from the Italian variants Gavino and Gabino. This alternative origin states that the Romans might have brought these names to the Celtic tribes during their occupation. Why? There are many Latin and Italian references for these names that go back thousands of years, while there are not any written Celtic references until the Middle Ages. Not to say that the Celts could not have had an original oral tradition for this name, however, it is interesting that both origins represent a similar meaning. The Celtic theory says that the name means "white hawk," and the Latin theory says that this name means "white falcon." This similar meaning might give some weight to the theory that the Celtic tribes adopted this name from the Romans.
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Our sons name is Gavin, We loved the name cause it was different at the time 12 years ago, now it seems there are more boys named gavin then ever. When my son was in the fifth grade the class did a in class survey of names the kids wanted to name thier kids when they grew up and gavin's name ranked number one, so in twenty years or so look for gavin to be a popular name again. Some of the nick names we call him are,gav, big G,and gabs.
My son is named Gavin as well. Our Gavin is strong but sensitive and creative. It fits him perfectly!
When I was pregnant, we came up with a girl's name right away. After weeks of trying to come up with a boy's name, I jokingly said, "Whatever page I open this baby name book up to will be our choice." I opened it right up to "Gavin" (no lie) which we both loved right away. As soon as we saw that the name means "white hawk" we were sold. The hawk was the favorite bird of my recently deceased father. Now my little Gavin is the spitting image of his grandfather.
My oldest is also named Gavin- named after Gavin Rossdale from Bush. I love the name, but hate that it's so common now. If I could go back, I would have altered the spelling like I did with my daughter's name. Gavyn, Gaven, Gavynn, Gavan- something to make it more unique.
My cousin is Gavin. His sister who is 2 yrs younger is named Sophia, and his sister who is 3 yrs younger than him is Olivia.
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Gavvy /Gavy /Gavie
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Gavin (sometimes Gawen) Hamilton was a Scottish Neoclassical painter in the 18th century, who lived and worked for many years in Rome as an artist, antiquities dealer, and English-speaking travel guide for wealthy Brits on the Grand Tour. Many credit him with cultivating a taste for antiquities and a Neoclassical art style among the British prior to the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Gavin Butler. More commonly known as "Sontard", first child of Shay and Colette of the Shaytards family on Youtube.
Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of the rock band Bush and husband of singer Gwen Stefani.
Gavin MacLeod, actor, known as the Captain on the "Love Boat."
Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco and current Lt. Governor of California.
Gavin DeGraw, famous country singer.
Gavin Lee, Broadway singer/actor (Bert in Mary Poppins)
Gavin Free, Slow mo Guy and Achievement Hunter and a hilarious friend
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"Gavin's Song" by Marc Broussard
"Gavin's Woodpile" by Bruce Cockburn
Gavin Shipman (played by Mathew Horne) on TV sitcom "Gavin & Stacey" (UK)
Gavin Mitchell (played by Dermott Mulroney) on TV sitcom "Friends" (US)