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Gavin

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168k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Gavin mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Gavin

"Gavin" is a name of English origin, and it means "White hawk". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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Medieval variant of Gawain, the name of an Arthurian knight, first recorded as Gauvain Old French. It is probably of Celtic origin, like many other characters from Arthurian legends, perhaps from Old Welsh gwalch (“hawk”) + gwyn (“white”). The form Gavin survived in Scotland and spread to other English-speaking countries in the 1960s.

  1. A male given name
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Gavin

Gavin Rossdale is an alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock, and grunge musician. He plays Fender Jazzmaster, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul, and ESP Eclipse. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Gavin was given the name Gavin McGregor Rossdale on October 30th, 1965 in London.

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Gavin McInnes is an entrepreneur, commentator, author, writer, actor, and comedian. Gavin was given the name Gavin Miles McInnes on July 17th, 1970 in Hitchin, England.

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Gavin Newsom is a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, from the 2nd district, 49th Lieutenant Governor of California, 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, and Member of theSan Francisco Board of Supervisors. Gavin was born on October 10th, 1967.

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Gavin DeGraw is a blue-eyed soul, pop rock, and rock music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Gavin was given the name Gavin Shane DeGraw on February 4th, 1977 in South Fallsburg, New York, U.S.

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Gavin Free is a creative director at rooster teeth, producer, director, cinematographer, and actor. He was most active from 2006 to present. Gavin was given the name Gavin David Free on May 23rd, 1988 in Thame, Oxfordshire, England.

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Gavin MacLeod is an actor and christian activist. He has been prominent since 1955. Gavin was given the name Allan George See on February 28th, 1931 in Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gavin

John Gavin is an office holder. John was given the name John Anthony Golenor on April 8th, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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James M. Gavin is an ambassador. His military service ended in 1924.

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Andrew Scott Gavin is a chief technology officer, entrepreneur, novelist, video game programmer, designer, and game design. Andrew was born on June 11th, 1970.

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Erica Gavin is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1968. Erica was given the name Donna Graff on July 22nd, 1947 in Los Angeles.

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Frankie Gavin is a boxer. Frankie was born on September 28th, 1985 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

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Diarmuid Gavin is a garden designer. Diarmuid was born on May 10th, 1964.

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How popular is the baby name Gavin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1913 5 0 5
1914 10 0 10
1915 9 0 9
1917 9 0 9
1919 16 0 16
1920 12 0 12
1921 15 0 15
1922 12 0 12
1923 12 0 12
1924 11 0 11
1925 14 0 14
1926 15 0 15
1927 13 0 13
1928 13 0 13
1929 7 0 7
1930 9 0 9
1931 13 0 13
1932 15 0 15
1933 13 0 13
1934 5 0 5
1935 14 0 14
1936 9 0 9
1937 15 0 15
1938 10 0 10
1939 10 0 10
1940 13 0 13
1941 17 0 17
1942 18 0 18
1943 6 0 6
1944 13 0 13
1945 12 0 12
1946 22 0 22
1947 28 0 28
1948 24 0 24
1949 25 0 25
1950 27 0 27
1951 30 0 30
1952 38 0 38
1953 41 0 41
1954 76 0 76
1955 61 0 61
1956 66 0 66
1957 37 0 37
1958 70 0 70
1959 57 0 57
1960 101 0 101
1961 114 0 114
1962 153 0 153
1963 160 0 160
1964 152 0 152
1965 160 0 160
1966 148 0 148
1967 173 0 173
1968 189 0 189
1969 225 0 225
1970 209 0 209
1971 219 0 219
1972 174 0 174
1973 232 0 232
1974 269 0 269
1975 261 0 261
1976 318 0 318
1977 308 5 303
1978 366 0 366
1979 316 0 316
1980 352 0 352
1981 494 0 494
1982 478 0 478
1983 692 0 692
1984 518 5 513
1985 522 0 522
1986 537 0 537
1987 637 7 630
1988 549 5 544
1989 628 0 628
1990 860 0 860
1991 853 5 848
1992 1,066 0 1,066
1993 951 6 945
1994 1,121 0 1,121
1995 1,193 0 1,193
1996 1,638 5 1,633
1997 2,763 6 2,757
1998 3,202 9 3,193
1999 3,671 13 3,658
2000 4,695 10 4,685 #85 boy name
2001 5,272 12 5,260 #78 boy name
2002 6,966 16 6,950 #61 boy name
2003 8,781 20 8,761 #51 boy name
2004 8,662 55 8,607 #52 boy name
2005 9,353 17 9,336 #47 boy name
2006 10,498 21 10,477 #38 boy name
2007 11,884 26 11,858 #32 boy name
2008 11,776 33 11,743 #30 boy name
2009 10,749 13 10,736 #33 boy name
2010 9,624 12 9,612 #38 boy name
2011 9,023 17 9,006 #36 boy name
2012 8,264 15 8,249 #40 boy name
2013 7,432 16 7,416 #49 boy name
2014 6,621 10 6,611 #61 boy name
2015 5,773 5 5,768 #70 boy name
2016 4,918 5 4,913 #80 boy name

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Popularity of Gavin as a first name

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Popularity of Gavin as a last name

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Common last names for Gavin

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gavin U.S.
  White 76.20% 64.26%
  African American 17.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gavin

People with the last name Gavin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gavin

  • What name lists does Gavin rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Gavin? Gavin is the 421st most popular name of all time. In 2016 Gavin was the 80th most popular name. As a last name Gavin was the 2,569th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gavin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 168,230 babies born with the first name Gavin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gavin to occupy the country of Saint Lucia with an estimated population of 166,526 (as of May 10, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gavin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gavin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gavin is Tuesday, September 5th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Gavin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gavin was in 2007 with a total of 11,858 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gavin!
  • Random Gavin Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gavin ranks 51st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 152 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Gavin: Your name in reverse order is Nivag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gvian. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gavin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,061 people with the last name Gavin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gavin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Gavin as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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