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Gavin

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Origin: Scottish
Meaning: White Hawk

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Gavin

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Gavin in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Gavin:

  • Records indicate that 141,763 boys in the United States have been named Gavin since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2007, when 11,726 people in the U.S. were given the name Gavin. Those people are now 9 years old.

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      20 Positive Comments

  • "We named our baby boy Gavin, we love it. I've only run into a few others since he was born, he's now 1 1/2. It's a very handsome, masculine name and we get compliments on it all the time." Aug. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "How is this name common when 92,000 boys have been named Gavin since 1880 (according to the website)? Seriously. You people get all wound up about the name becoming too common and "I should name my child something unique such as Lampp, Toazter, Kash, Dirtt." Gavin is a fine name, if you like for your boy, choose it and move on. Who knows what names will be popular five, ten, twenty years from now." Feb. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I had ever had another son, I'd have chosen this name. I love names that are slightly off the beaten path. I am a tad bit dismayed to see it becoming increasingly popular, as some of the others commented. It would have gone perfectly with our other kids: Abigail, Gwyneth, & Brogan." Jul. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "That my little Gavin up there with the baby toy (at least I hope it was approved to be up there!) Gavin was the top name out of a long list of names that we collected of the internet and we are very happy that we chose it. We always receive compliments when we tell people his name." Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I want to name our second son this. We only have 2 months until he is born but I am having a hard time convincing my husband on the name. Our first son's name is Griffin and I think Griffin and Gavin sound really good together." Jun. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We love the name Gavin ... It's our first son's name. The meaning is little white falcon, which fits him perfectly since he has fair skin and blond hair. He sometimes is called Calvin or Galvin." Apr. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our 3rd son Gavin... it fits him perfectly and everyone thinks it's a great name." Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gavin, though he often gets called Kevin by mistake by other people. He likes his name as it's not too common in Scotland" Feb. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gavin, though he often gets called Kevin by mistake by other people. He likes his name as it's not too common in Scotland" Feb. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers called Gavin. He loves it and we all like it, most people call him Gav though. Never had anyone mispronounce it. Some people tend to hear it as Kevin though. Don't ask me why! Not many others called Gavin in Ireland though!" Jan. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my new nephew's name and I don't care if its popular its a fabulous name!!!" Nov. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my new nephew's name and I don't care if its popular its a fabulous name!!!" Nov. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name it is the name of my son it fits him so well it so cute" Nov. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name Gavin. When i have a child my son's name will be Gavin Lucas. i think its such a great name =]" Sep. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our second son Gavin after a college friend of ours. We had never heard the name prior, but we loved it. It's still a great name and not popular in the USA...though I'm starting to see it in advertisements." Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my mom's maiden name and I had always planned on naming my son, Gavin. Now I won't. It's become too popular." May. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our son Gavin thinking it was different. We did not know anyone with this name. Since he was born we constantly hear people say they know people with that name. ARRGGHH!" Feb. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, it does make me think of Gavin the lead singer from Bush." Jan. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 18 months old and we named him Gavin. I think it is a handsome name. Cute for a baby and great for a man, too. He's the best. People always have positive things to say about it." Jul. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "At home in Ireland, it's a well known, if not widely used, name. However, I live in Prague and the locals cannot pronounce it the way I am used to hearing it. So it comes out like "Gevin" (rhyming with Kevin)." Jun. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "I didn't know how common Gavin was! There is only one boy in my school called Gavin." Feb. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are due in February and if the baby is a boy, our top name is Gavin. I didn't realize it was so popular. We do not know any Gavins. It is a family name - the first part of my mom's maiden name and 18 years ago she was going to name my brother Gavin because of that. She ended up with Matthew, or 'gift from God'. Even if Gavin is popular now, we will still use it for our son. It is not as common at Matt, Bill, John, etc. but not too different either." Aug. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gavin means falcon. Gaelic I think. It is the hero's name in a popular fiction novel called "The Proud Breed" by Celeste DeBlasis, published in the late 70s, early 80s, and of course, that of Gavic McCloud of The Love Boat TV series." Sep. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gavin means falcon. Gaelic I think. It is the hero's name in a popular fiction novel called "The Proud Breed" by Celeste DeBlasis, published in the late 70s, early 80s." Sep. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my one year old son's name is Gavin. I wanted a name that not everyone had, but I have some regrets now that it seems to be getting more popular every year." Jun. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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