Kevin


Kevin
Kevin
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Irish
Meaning Gentle birth
Other names
Related names Kev

Kevin (Irish: Caoimhín, Middle Irish: Caoimhghín, Old Irish: Cóemgein, Latin: Coemgenus) is a male first name of Irish origin. It is believed that Saint Kevin was the one who popularized the name, although Kevin is not a biblical name. Caoimhghín is believed to be derived from the Irish cóem "kind, honest, and handsome" and gein "birth".[1] Kevin is unrelated to the names Kelvin or Calvin. "Kevin" is one of the top 100 male baby names in Canada, Chile, France, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United States.[2] It can also be spelled Kevyn, Keven, Kevan, or Kévin.

In the United Kingdom, its popularity peaked during the 1950s and 1960s, when it was frequently among the 20 most popular male first names, but by the 1990s it had fallen out of the top 100.[3]

The female version of Caoimhín (Kevin) is Caoimhe (anglicised as Kiva or Keva).

People

See also

  • List of Irish-language given names
  • Kavin - The tamil name

References


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