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Gender: Male Meaning of Kevin: "handsome" Origin of Kevin: Irish Kevin's Popularity in 2017: #101

The name Kevin is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "handsome". Kevin is ranked #101 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

From the experts:

Kevin has been waning in popularity in recent years -- it dropped out of the Top 100 for the first time since the Truman administration in 2017 -- and definitely seems more a dad's name than a baby's name these days. (Think Kevin Bacon, Kevin Costner, Kevin Spacey, Kevin James).

Kevin was first popularized by the seventh century Saint Kevin, who founded a scholastic monastry near Dublin and was rewarded by being made one of that city's patron saints. In America, the Irish Kevin has had an impressive forty-plus years of popularity.

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Famous People Named Kevin

Saint Kevin of Glendalough, Irish abbot
Kevin Norwood Bacon, American actor
Kevin Andrew Bridges, Scottish comedian
Kevin Fitzgerald Corrigan, American actor
Kevin Michael Costner, American actor
Kevin Wayne Durant, American basketball player
Kevin Earl Federline, American dancer
Kevin Maurice Garnett, American basketball player
Kevin Darnell Hart, American actor and comedian
Kevin James (Knipfing), American actor and comedian
(Paul) Kevin Jonas II, American musician
Kevin Kilner, American actor
Kevin Anderson, American actor
Kevin Delaney Kline, American actor
Kevin Wesley Love, American basketball player
Kevin McCarthy, American actor
Kevin Michael McKeehan aka tobyMac, American Christian singer-songwriter
Kevin Edward McHale, American basketball player
Kevin Michael McHale, American actor and singer
Kevin McKidd, Scottish actor
Kevin Nealon, American actor
Kevin O'Leary, Canadian businessman
Kevin Oluwole Olusola, American singer/beatboxer with group Pentatonix
Kevin Elliot Pollak, American actor
Kevin Scott Richardson, American singer
Kevin Michael Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia
Kevin Patrick Smith, American film director and producer
Kevin David Sorbo, American actor
Kevin Spacey (Fowler), American actor
Kevin Tighe, American actor
Kevin Hagan White, 45th mayor of Boston, USA
Kevin Edmund "Youk" Youkilis, American baseball player
Kevin "K.O." Olusola, American musician
Kevin Kimmel (b. 1993), son of TV host Jimmy Kimmel
Kevin Conroy (b. 1955), American voice actor
Kevin Nash (b. 1959), American pro wrestler and actor
Kevin Owens (born Kevin Steen in 1984), American pro wrestler
Kevin Hines, American author and filmmaker, survivor of a suicide attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge
Kevin Kraus, German footballer
Kevin Müller, German footballer
Kevin Lankford, German-American soccer player
Kevin DuBrow, American singer for Quiet Riot

Pop Culture References for the name Kevin

Kevin, bird in the Disney/Pixar film "Up"
Kevin, alternate version of narrator Cecil in podcast "Welcome to Night Vale"
Kevin Arnold, character on TV's "The Wonder Years"
Kevin Entwhistle, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
Kevin Flynn, main character of the TRON film
Kevin Grant, character on TV series "Bracken's World"
Kevin Khatchadourian, character in book/movie "We Need To Talk About Kevin"
Kevin Langley, character in movie "Bean" played by Andy Lawrence
Kevin McCallister, main character in "Home Alone" film series
Kevin Myers, character in the "American Pie" series
Kevin Price, main character in musical "The Book of Mormon"
Kevin Peyton, character on TV's "Nurse Jackie"
Kevin, character from TV series "Supernatural"
Kevin Copeland, character in film "White Chicks"
Kevin Copeland, character in "The Mist"
Kevin Duval, a character on TV's "Scream"
Kevin Wendell Crumb, character from "Split"
Kevin, character from "Ed, Edd n Eddy"
Kevin, minion in the "Despicable Me" movies
"Cousin Kevin," song by The Who
Kevin Kellar, character from the tv series "Riverdale"
Kevin Rayburn, character in Netflix's "Bloodline"
Kevin Cozner, character in TV series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Kevin Malone, character from the show "The Office"

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BabyNames123 Says:


We've called our son Kevin. I hate to break it to you Nameberry but all baby boys will turn into men one day!!

nails4breakfast Says:


I don't know if I just don't get out much or something, but I've heard this name in various media for my entire life, but it was just this year that I actually met someone named Kevin for the first time. It felt so WEIRD. I have no idea why, but I was kind of taken aback. Just one of those names that you hear all the time but never actually meet anybody with, I guess?

paulapuddephatt Says:


I think that people generally use Kevyn, Kevynne type spellings for girls, but I really don't like that people use Kevin, James, etc for girls, even with different spellings. Unisex names are one thing. Kevin and James are male names. People wouldn't call their sons Annabel or Lucinda, so why use boys' names for girls???

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Kevin and Kev, but I feel it's hard to convince people that the name is ready to be revived. Then again, it still has a high chart position, relatively - slightly higher in USA than here in the UK. I think people in my generation dislike the name in general, but I think it's awesome. Maybe it was just overused - still a fan. 😃

cabosanmucus Says:


To me it's beau and belle. Same meaning, different connotation for different genders. The dictionary definition of handsome is "(of a man) good looking". Now, it can be used toward women but whenever I have heard it was in a sexist way. (literally implying she was manish).

alexandramae Says:


Girls and women are "handsome." Historically, women were called handsome and it is a pet peeve of mine that this word has come to be used only for men and frowned upon for women. How is Keeva from the same root as Kevin (and the female version, as you say), but it has a different, more "feminine" meaning?

emilyfalls13 Says:


I know a woman named Kevin, but its because her father wanted her to be a boy...she has a few issues to say the least

cabosanmucus Says:


I was watching a video today in class and I couldn't believe my ears hearing Kevin on a girl (daughter of Steve Wynn). the female variation is Keeva! girls aren't "handsome". sheesh

Swangirl Says:


The more I watch The Office, the less I can ever see myself using this name.

Allison Says:


My name is Kevin, and I am a woman. During my lifetime, I have come across only a few women named Kevin. Does anyone out there know of any others?