The meaning of the name “Kevin” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.
Additional information: Kevin is a masculine name of Irish origin; it is the anglicised form of Caoimhín, which, in turn, came from the older Irish name Cóemgein. Cóemgein came from the Irish words cóem (kind, gentle, handsome) and gein (birth), giving Kevin the meaning ‘Gentle Birth’ or ‘Handsome’. Similar names that also mean ‘Handsome’ include Kenny, Kenzie, and Tevin. Although Kevin is not considered a biblical name, Saint Kevin, the patron saint of Dublin, helped to popularize the name. A common diminutive for Kevin is Kev, and Kevin can also be spelled as Kevyn. Foreign language variants include Kevan (Irish) and Cefin (Welsh). Common misspellings of Kevin include ‘Keven’, ‘Keving’, and ‘Kevn’.
The name Kevin’s popularity improved greatly during the forties and fifties, climbing from being the 332nd most popular name for boys in the USA in 1940 to being in the top twenty names from 1957 until 1979. During this period, Kevin was in the top thousand names for girls in the USA, although it was never as popular as its masculine counterpart. Its popularity has dipped since the seventies, and it was the seventieth most popular name for boys in 2014. Kevin is a less popular name in England and Wales, and was the 180th most popular name for boys in 2014.
Famous celebrities with the name Kevin include actors Kevin Bacon, Kevin Costner, Kevin Spacey and Kevin Kline, and Britney Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline, Kevin Jonas (American musician, member of the Jonas Brothers), and Kevin Rowland (former front-man of the band Dexys Midnight Runners). Fictional characters with the name Kevin include Kevin Dewclaw from the web-comic Kevin and Kell, and Kevin the Teenager from the “Little Brother” sketches in Harry Enfield’s Television Programme.
According to urban legend, baseball player Kevin Mitchell decapitated his girlfriend’s cat, a claim he consistently refuted. However, this rumor was later substantiated by one of Kevin Mitchell’s former teammates, Darryl Strawberry.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Kevin for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Kevin is a boy name.
The name Kevin is of Celtic - Gaelic origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Gaelic speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Kevin we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Kevin Name Meaning
The meaning of Kevin has more than one different etymologies. It has same or different meanings in other countries and languages. The different meanings of the name Kevin are:
American meaning: Little gentle one or handsome
Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Handsome and lovable
Irish meaning: Handsome, Beautiful at birth
Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Kevin and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Kevin and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Kevin is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Kevin Categories
The name Kevin is in the following categories: Celtic Names, English Names, Gaelic Names, Irish Names, Movie Star Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Kevin. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Kevin, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Kevin
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Kevin displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Kevin Boy Name Popularity Chart
Kevin Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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