G names, Male, Proto-Celtic, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Garvin

Garvin comes from an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Irish Ó Gairbhín meaning “descendant of Gairbhín”, the latter a given name made up from Irish garbh (rough; coarse) via Old Irish garb which derives from a Proto-Celtic root; the second element of the name could be made up from the diminutive suffix -an though I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Gaelic bith meaning “fate” or possibly “(ill) fortune” although I’m not sure how accurate that second part is.

Origin: Proto-Celtic

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Variants:

  • Garven (English)
  • Garbhán (Old Irish)

 

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