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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 "List 5 middles".

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)


Jim Martin McMoore Says:


My dad's name is Gavin, he lives in America, but he was born in Scotland, he is actually a middle-aged man to, but he is a great person and I love being around him. Just because someone is middle-aged and balding doesn't mean that that person can't be fun, caring and energetic. I also know two younger Gavin's who share the same sort of personality as my father. I would definitely consider this for my child if it were to honor him.

Jack Says:


Gavin Dunne (AKA Miracle of Sound) is a Irish musician.

Kimmy Jackson Says:


I named my son Gavin Lee back on 12/4/1985 before people were freaking about unique baby names. And I am an American. Had heard it and then ran it by my husband. Who liked it and felt it was a good sounding and solid name and went with it. Wouldn't dream about the baby naming process these days. You all make it sound like a seek and defy mission to find the most unique and different name. And then on the other end of the spectrum people are naming their children all the "Common" names that I went to school with. Amy, Gracie, Kimberly, Susie Yuck. Or Duane, Larry, Todd, Kevin, Steven, Michael Yuck and that's my opinion. I like different just not the common I heard in school. And no Gavin I ever met or seen was middle aged or balding for sure except the captain of the Love Boat. Other than that the popular Gavin is Rossdale, McGraw, I even heard of a ....Band named Dance Gavin Dance. Figure out how they named themselves that is still a head scratcher! Harshness? of the name I'm still trying to figure that one out also? I loved the name and it suit my son.

peachysugarbuns Says:


The harsh "Gav" sound doesn't appeal to me, but I do like the meaning of the name.

Hallie Says:


I dont hate this name but I don't love it either

PoppyOrangey Says:


Gavin is my husbands top pick for a boy, though Todd is mine. However, I do think Gavin is kind of cute. I am an American and Gavin hasn't been popular long enough to make most people think of "a middle aged balding man". Mostly little boys and toddlers bear this name.

Essa Says:


Sounds like a middle aged balding man to me! But we're all entitle to our opinion. I'm assuming you're American? Which may explain why I know loads of older Gavin's and you possibly don't. I have no idea about the popularity of Gavin in America.

Caroline Says:


It sounds so cool and edgy!!