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

The name Gareth is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "gentle". Gareth and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Good or Kind and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

From the experts:

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
Gareth Reynolds, American comedian
Gareth Frank Bale, Welsh footballer
Gareth Southgate, English footballer and coach
Gareth Thomas, Welsh rugby player
Gareth Barry, English footballer
Gareth Paul Gates, English singer-songwriter
Gareth Owen Edwards, Welsh rugby union player
Gareth Gerald McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
Sol Gareth "Garry" Davis, American peace activist

Pop Culture References for the name Gareth

Gareth Keenan, character on British TV's "The Office"
Gareth Ritter, character on TV's "BrainDead"
Gareth Probert, poet in "That Uncertain Feeling" (1955) by Kingsley Amis
Gareth Bryne, one of the Five Great Captains in Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series
Gareth I and II of Naxen, namesakes of Prince Gareth on Conte, characters in Tamora Pierce's "Song of the Lioness" and "Protector of the Small" quartets
Garroth, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Gareth, character in AMC's "The Walking Dead"

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

Gareth's International Variations

Geraint, Gerens (Cornish) Geronte (French)