Quick Facts on Gavyn
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White hawk of battle
Etymology & Historical Origin - Gavyn
Gavyn is a slightly altered spelling of Gavin; one which swaps the “i” for a “y” thus giving the name a slightly more Welsh flavor in our opinion. Gavin (or in this case Gavyn) are Celtic names derived from the Welsh name Gawain which is believed to come from the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages, from the elements “gwalch” + “gwyn” meaning “white hawk of battle.” Gawain’s popularity spread outside the confines of the Welsh borders during the Late Middle Ages as romantic tales of chivalry with respect to King Arthur and legendary Knights of the Round Table spread throughout Europe. Gawain was one such Knight, said to be the nephew of King Arthur himself. According to one version of Welsh mythology, Gawain’s power grew as the sun heightened in the sky, and diminished as the sun set. Although the name is several hundreds of years old, it did drop back into obscurity in the 18th and 19th centuries, before experiencing its most recent revival in the 20th century. Gavin is basically the Anglicized form of Gawain and Gavyn is another respelling.
Popularity of the Name Gavyn
The Gavyn spelling appears to be a 21st century invention; the name only just appeared on the Top 1000 list in 2001. Not coincidentally, that was the year following Gavin’s arrival on to the Top 100 list of most favorite American baby boy names. So as Gavin has become trendy, some parents have decided to change it up a bit and go with Gavyn. Usually we aren’t big fans of respellings, but in this case we make an exception. Welsh names are often filled with “y”s and “w”s and since Gavyn is ultimately derived from the Welsh Gawain, we like the looks of the “y”. The spelling of Gavyn has only done “okay” in comparison to Gavin – in fact, Gavin is actually 30 times more popular than Gavyn. The only caveat with Gavyn is that your kid will go through life repeating “Gavyn. That’s Gavin with a y”. We’re sure that can get old sometimes.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gavyn
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gavyn
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gavyn
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Celtic Mythology) One of the oldest Arthurian tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a romance poem outlining an adventure of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table in Camelot. In the poem, Sir Gawain accepts a challenge from a mysterious warrior who is completely green. The "Green Knight" offers to allow anyone to strike him with his axe if the challenger will take a return blow in a year and a day. Gawain accepts, and beheads him in one blow, only to have the Green Knight stand up, pick up his head, and remind Gawain to meet him at the appointed time. The story of Gawain's struggle to meet the appointment and his adventures along the way demonstrate the Celtic spirit of chivalry and loyalty.
Popular Songs on Gavyn
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Gavyn
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Famous People Named Gavyn
Famous People Named Gavyn - Gavyn Davies (English businessman)
Children of Famous People Named Gavyn
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Gavyn - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Boy Name Gavyn
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Gavyn