Gareth (given name)

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Gareth [ˈɡarɛθ] is a Welsh masculine given name of uncertain meaning.[1] It first appeared in this form in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, in which it belonged to Sir Gareth, a brother of Gawain and one of the Knights of the Round Table. Malory based it on Gahariet, a name found in French Arthurian texts; it may have a Welsh origin, perhaps connected with the name Geraint,[2] or the word gwaredd, meaning "gentleness".[2][3] It is particularly popular in Wales, and Gary is sometimes taken as a pet form of it.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2003), A dictionary of first names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0198606052 
  2. ^ a b "Welsh Names" (PDF). Twf Cymru. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Gareth". Behind the Name: the etymology and history of first names. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 

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