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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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You can see how Gavin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gavin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gavin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 318 Gavin families living in Lancashire. This was about 42% of all the recorded Gavin's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Gavin families in 1891.
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What did your Gavin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gavin. 33% of Gavin men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Gavin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gavin were Baker and Incapacitated. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    33%
  • Builders Labourer
    14%
  • Old Age Pensioner
    4%
  • Baker
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
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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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