Last name: GAVIN

Welcome at Geneanet!

Welcome at Geneanet!

With Geneanet, find your ancestors from home, create your family tree for free, and explore and share your family history. Genealogy has never been easier, thanks to our database of 8 billion individuals, and our community of enthusiasts.

All you have to know about the last name GAVIN

Last name frequency

GAVIN : This last name is indexed 68,721 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

GAVIN : 1: Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gábháin or Ó Gáibhín both of which are derived from diminutives of gábhadh ‘want’ or ‘danger’ (the second being the more likely meaning here).2: Scottish and northern English: from the personal name Gavin Scottish form of English Gawain and French Gauvain. The name was introduced into English from French versions of the Arthurian romances where this name was borne by one of the knights of the Round Table brother of Galahad and Mordred and a nephew of Arthur. It has been taken to be an adaptation of the Welsh name Gwalchmei perhaps ‘hawk of the plain’.3: Scottish: shortened form of McGavin which is believed to be an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gobhann ‘son of the smith’.4: Spanish: Castilianized form of Aragonese Gabín a habitational name from Gabín a place in Huesca province Aragon.5: French: variant of Galvin or Gauvain cognates of 2 above. Alternatively perhaps a nickname related to Old Occitan gavina ‘seagull’.6: Americanized form of Polish Gawin.

Learn more

Variants of last name

The spelling of names may have changed over the centuries. Knowing these names variants will help you build your family tree.

Search a name

Discover your ancestors and build your family tree step by step through billions of data included in our members' family trees and through civil records.

Most popular first names

Most indexed places

Most indexed countries

Available collections for this name