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Pronunciation/ˈɡævɪn/ GAV-in
Word/namePrimarily Scotland[1]
other Celtic nations
Meaning"God-send", "white hawk"
Other names
Related namesGawain

Gavin is a male given name originating from Scotland.[2][3] It is a variation on the medieval name Gawain, meaning "God send" or "white hawk" (or falcon).[4] Sir Gawain was a knight of King Arthur's Round Table. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an epic poem connected with King Arthur's Round Table. Gawain beheads the Green Knight who promptly replaces his head and threatens Gawain an identical fate the same time next year. Decapitation figures elsewhere: the Italian name Gavino [5][6][7] is the name of an early Christian martyr (San Gavino, Porto Torres, Sardinia) who was beheaded in 300 AD, his head being thrown in the Mediterranean Sea only later reunited and interred with his body.

People with the given name[edit]

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Fictional characters with the given name[edit]

Fictional characters with the surname[edit]

  • Teddy Gavin, a character in the television series Rescue Me
  • Tommy Gavin, protagonist of the television series Rescue Me
  • Kristoph Gavin, a character in the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
  • Klavier Gavin, a prosecutor in the video game Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gavin: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names".
  2. ^ "Gavin: Name Meaning, Popularity, and Similar Names".
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006). A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford paperback reference. Oxford University Press. p. 200. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. ^ Bolton, Lesley (2009). The Complete Book of Baby Names. Sourcebooks, Inc. ISBN 978-1402207648. Retrieved 24 January 2019. gavin.
  5. ^ Lansky, Bruce (2006). 100,000 + Baby Names: The Most Complete Baby Name Book. Simon and Schuster. p. 407. ISBN 978-0-684-03999-2. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Gavino - Wiktionary". Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  7. ^ Retrieved 21 May 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)