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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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Gavin Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gavin. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Gavin Family Origin

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Gavin Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gavin family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gavin. The most common Gavin occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Gavin's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Gavin Historical Records

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Gavin Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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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