Gender: Male Meaning of Kevin: "handsome" Origin of Kevin: Irish Kevin's Popularity in 2019: #149

Kevin Origin and Meaning

The name Kevin is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "handsome".

Kevin was derived from the name Caoimhín, which originated from the Irish elements coém, meaning “handsome,” and gein, “birth.” The feminine name Caiomhe, anglicized as Keeva, comes from the same origins. Kevin was first popularized by the seventh century Saint Kevin, who founded a scholastic monastery near Dublin and was rewarded by being made one of that city's patron saints.

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 James).

In America, the Irish Kevin has had an impressive forty-plus years of popularity. However, in Germany, Kevin has become the poster child for names associated with lower social classes—essentially, names that feel very American. Kevinism has become slang for fleeting name phenomena, typically associated with pop culture trends. Kevin was the top boys’ name in France in the early 1990s—one of the first non-French names to hold the title.

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Rank in US: #149

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Pop Culture References for the name Kevin

Kevyn, Kyven, Kevn, Kevian, Keveen, Keyvan, Kevinn, Keveon, Keven, Kevonne, Keve, Kev, Kevan, Kevien, Keyvon, Kivon,


ParanoidAndroid Says:


“Kevin” for me isn’t the best, nor is it the worst. It instead evokes a perfunctory “okay” from me. But I can definitely see the appeal, especially with the suave K sound. Definitely a better choice than the bland “Evan”.

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?