Kevin

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Kevin
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameGaelic
MeaningGentle birth
Other names
Related namesKev
 
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Kevin
GenderMale
Origin
Word/NameGaelic
MeaningGentle birth
Other names
Related namesKev

Kevin (English pronunciation: /ˈkɛv.ɪn/, Irish: Caoimhín /kiː.vʲiːnʲ/, Middle Irish: Caoimhghín /kəiṽʲ.ʝiːnʲ/, Old Irish: Cóemgein /koiṽʲ.ɣʲinʲ/, Scottish Gaelic: Caomhainn, Latin: Coemgenus) is a male first name of Gaelic origin. Among the earliest famous bearer of the name was Saint Kevin, although Kevin is not a biblical name. Caoimhghín derives from the Irish caomh (Old Irish cóem) "kind, honest, handsome" and -gin (Old Irish gein) "birth". Kevin influenced the similarly Gaelic-derived Kelvin, as well as the Latin Calvin.[1] "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).

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