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Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning “white hawk” from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  “hawk of May” from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning “hawk of the plain”. In Arthurian legend, Gawain is a knight of the Round Table, often portrayed as a nephew of King Arthur, son of his sister Morgause (or Anna) and her husband Lot, and the brother of Agravain, Gaheris, Gareth, and Mordred.

Gavin is also an English surname originating from the given name. It may also be an anglicized form of Gaelic O’ Gabhain possibly meaning “descendant of one who wants/takes”, or it could be a variant of McGavin, an anglicized form of MacGobhainn meaning “son of the smith”.

Origin: Old Welsh, Gaelic



  • Gawain (Welsh)
  • Gawaine (Welsh)
  • Gauvain (French)
  • Galvão (Portuguese)
  • Walganus (Latin)
  • Gavan (English)
  • Gaven (English)
  • Gwalchgwyn (Old Welsh)
  • Gwalchmei (Old Welsh)



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