Gavin Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gábháin or Ó Gáibhín, both of which Woulfe derives from diminutives of gábhadh ‘want’ or ‘danger’ (the second being the more likely meaning here). Scottish: reduced form of McGavin, which is believed to be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gobhann ‘son of the smith’. Scottish and northern English: from a personal name popular in the Middle Ages in the Middle English form Gawayne as well as the Old French Gauvin. The name was introduced from French versions of the Arthurian romances, where this name was borne by one of the knights of the Round Table, the brother of Galahad and Mordred and a nephew of Arthur. It is probably from an Old Welsh personal name composed of the elements gwalch ‘hawk’ + gwyn ‘white’, influenced in part by Breton forms. French and Swiss French: possibly a nickname for someone with a goiter or prominent Adam’s apple, from a word meaning ‘throat’, ‘crop’. In some cases possibly Castilianized form of Aragonese Gabín, a habitational name from Gabín, a place in Uesca province, Aragon.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Savin, Lavin, Galvin, Cain, Main, Hain, Glavin, Garvin, Garin, Govan

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Cultivateur

    5%
  • Servant

    5%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gavin family was Servant. The most common Gavin occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Gavin's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Cultivateur were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gavin.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Gavin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gavin in 1941 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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