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Gender: M Meaning of Gareth: "gentle" Origin of Gareth: Welsh

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Gareth, the name of a modest and brave knight in King Arthur's court, makes a sensitive, gently appealing choice, used more in its native Wales than anywhere else.

The name Gareth first appeared in Malory's Morte d'Arthur, as the lover of Eluned, the brother of Gawain and nephew of King Arthur. He also appears in the Gareth and Lynette segment of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. In the British version of The Office, Gareth is the name of the equivalent character of Dwight Schrute, and it also appeared in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Recommended nickname: Gaz. Not recommended nickname: Gary.

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Famous People Named Gareth

Gareth David-Lloyd, Welsh actor best known for television show, "Torchwood"
Gareth Bale, professional soccer player for Real Madrid and the Wales national team
Gareth Southgate, retired English footballer and football coach
Gareth Thomas, retired welsh rugby player

Pop Culture References for the Name Gareth

Gareth Probert, a poet in That Uncertain Feeling (1955) by Kingsley Amis
Gareth Keenan, character on the UK version of 'The Office'
Gareth Bryne, one of the Five Great Captains and one time Captain-General of the Queen's Guard in Andor in Robert Jordan's fantasy series Wheel of Time
Gareth II of Naxen, son of Duke Gareth of Naxen, namesake of Prince Gareth on Conte, knight, and eventual Prime Minister of Tortall in Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness and Protector of the Small quartets.

Gar, Garith, Garreth, Garrith, Garry, Garth, Gary, Garyth, Geraint, Gerens, Geronte

Gareth's International Variations

Geraint, Gerens (Cornish) Geronte (French)