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 Boy Names Trendier Than You Think and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Alphabetical".
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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.