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Gender: Male Meaning of Gavin: "white hawk" Origin of Gavin: Celtic Gavin's Popularity in 2017: #96

The name Gavin is a boy's name of Celtic origin meaning "white hawk". Gavin is ranked #96 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop 2, Add 1 twin boys".

From the experts:

Gavin, a name with Scottish roots, has stepped into the spotlight, replacing the dated Kevin, thanks in part to pop-rock sensation Gavin DeGraw and Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale.

Gavin also has made literary appearances in J.M. Barrie's The Little Minister and in William Faulkner's Snopes family trilogy. In the form Gawain, he was one of the Knights of King Arthur's Round Table.

Gavin entered the ranks in the 1950's and climbed as high as Number 30, in 2008, before dropping a bit on the charts.

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Famous People Named Gavin

Gavin Shane DeGraw, American singer-songwriter
Gavin McGregor Rossdale, English lead singer of band Bush
Gavin Christopher Floyd, American baseball player
Gavin MacLeod (born Allan George See), American actor
Gavin Christopher Newsom, American politician; 48th lieutenant governor of California
Gavin Hood, South African film director
Gavin Free, English filmmaker of RoosterTeeth; creator of "Slo Mo Guys"
Gavin Rees, Welsh boxer
Gavin Turk, British artist
Gavin de Becker, American author and security specialist
Gavin James, singer songwriter
Gavin, child vine star and living meme
Gavin Shay Butler, 1st child of American family vlogger Shay Carl (Shaytards YouTube channel)
Gavin Blaze Gareis Ghassemieh (b. 2010), son of actress Jennifer Gareis and Bobby Ghassemieh
Gavin Lee Guess (b. 2012), son of supermodel Marisa Miller and Griffin Guess
Gavin Bottger, American skateboarder

Pop Culture References for the name Gavin

Gavin, character in the De Granville trilogy by K.M. Grant
Gavin Darklighter, character in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron books
Gavin "Spinner" Mason, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Gavin Ransom, character in movie "The Californians"
Gavin Rose, character in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
Gavin Shipman, character on British TV series "Gavin & Stacey"
Gavin, bratty kid on TV's "The Simpsons"

Gavin's International Variations

Gabhan (Gaelic) Gavino (Italian)