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Quick Facts on Kevin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 72
Simple meaning:
Gentle child, well-born, handsome

Characteristics of Kevin

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kevin

Kevin is the anglicized form of the Irish masculine name “Caoimhín”, from the Gaelic elements “caomh” meaning “beautiful, gentle” and “ghín” meaning “born”. So Kevin essentially translates to “well-born” and/or “gentle, handsome child”. Caoimhín has been a long-standing favorite boy’s name in Ireland, owing much of his success to a 6th century saint Caoimhín (anglicized to St. Kevin of Glendalough) who lived as a hermit in a tiny, remote rock cave in the glacial valley of Glendalough, Ireland (about 30 miles south of Dublin). He represented one of the so-called Green Martyrs of Ireland – men who opted out of society to live a solitary existence, often subjecting themselves to harsh environments, where they alone could focus on their scripture studies and consecrate themselves wholly to God. St. Caoimhín’s reputation for his learned piety soon spread throughout Ireland, and pilgrimages were made to Glendalough bringing people eager to learn from him. Eventually a monastery grew up around St. Kevin’s inspiration, and he became a beacon saint among the Irish people. Celtic Christians have a long tradition of adopting pious names for their children, so it’s no surprise that Caoimhín/Kevin has remained in circulation for so long. Today the name Kevin remains a favorite among the Irish – but it also does quite well outside of the Emerald Isle’s borders. For instance, Kevin is a Top 100 favorite baby boy’s name in the following countries: Chile, Hungary, Sweden, the United States, Norway, Slovenia and Catalonia. Apparently this is a name appreciated far and wide.

Popularity of the Name Kevin

Kevin first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list during the 1920s. It reached its peak in the 1960s when it averaged around #14 in terms of popularity. Since then, the name has been slipping an average of 10 places every decade since its height of popularity. This is a pretty slow decline, which shows that the name Kevin has staying power. It’s a common, attractive Gaelic name that appeals to those looking to honor their Irish heritage. It has a simple, strong two-syllable sound that’s manly but not macho. The name itself means “handsome, gentle child” and of good birth; seems you can’t go wrong with an etymology like that!
Popularity of the Boy Name Kevin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kevin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kevin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kevin

    Kevin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Kevin.

  • Popular Songs on Kevin

    Popular Songs on Kevin

    Cousin Kevin - a song by The Who

    Full on Kevin's Mom - a song by Soundgarden

    Kevin's Song - a song by the Goo Goo Dolls

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kevin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kevin

    Captain Grey (Avi) - Young Kevin Cartwright is the prisoner of a pirate king. "I shall find a way to get free." "Free!" he shouted. "You are here, with us now. You can forget about your father and your sister, or anybody else you may have known. You belong to no nation but this nation. Put him back where he was and don't feed him. Tomorrow we shall talk again about freedom!" Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Kevin Discovers Autumn (Liesbet Slegers) - A young boy relishes the joys of nature in this delightful seasonal tale. Now that summer is over, Kevin discovers that the warm weather has turned crisp, and he will need a jacket and boots to go outside. Once outdoors, he notices that the leaves have changed colors and are beginning to fall off the trees. He helps his father rake the leaves and spots mushrooms growing in the woods. Offering vibrant depictions of autumn, this charming story illustrates the wonder of nature through the eyes of a child. Recommended for ages 2-5.

  • Famous People Named Kevin

    Famous People Named Kevin

    Famous People Named Kevin - Kevin Bacon (actor); Kevin Federline (famous husband); Kevin Garnett (basketball player); Kevin Costner (actor); Kevin James (actor); Kevin Jonas (musician); Kevin Johnson (basketball player/politician); Kevin Kline (actor); Kevin McHale (basketball player); Kevin Nealon (comic/actor); Kevin Spacey (actor); Kevin Sorbo (actor); Kevin Smith (director); Kevin Pollak (comic/actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kevin

    Children of Famous People Named Kevin

    Famous People who Named their Son Kevin - John McEnroe (tennis player); Phil Donahue (TV personality); Rocky Aoki (businessman); Tatum O'Neal (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Kevin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Kevin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kevin.

Personality of the Boy Name Kevin

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kevin

  • No Variations Found.
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