Gareth Origin and Meaning

The name Gareth is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "gentle".

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 DavidLloyd, Welsh actor
  • Gareth ReynoldsAmerican comedian
  • Gareth Frank BaleWelsh footballer
  • Gareth SouthgateEnglish footballer and coach
  • Gareth ThomasWelsh rugby player
  • Gareth BarryEnglish footballer
  • Gareth Paul GatesEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Gareth Owen EdwardsWelsh rugby union player
  • Gareth Gerald McAuleyNorthern Irish footballer
  • Sol Gareth "Garry" DavisAmerican peace activist

Gareth in Pop Culture

  • Gareth Keenancharacter on British TV's "The Office"
  • Gareth Rittercharacter on TV's "BrainDead"
  • Gareth Probertpoet in "That Uncertain Feeling" (1955) by Kingsley Amis
  • Gareth Bryneone of the Five Great Captains in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series
  • Gareth I and II of Naxennamesakes of Prince Gareth on Conte, characters in Tamora Pierce's "Song of the Lioness" and "Protector of the Small" quartets
  • Garrothcharacter in Aphmau's YouTube series
  • Garethcharacter in AMC's "The Walking Dead"