Given Name KEVIN

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: KEV-in (English), KE-VEEN (French), KE-vin (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín, derived from the older Irish Cóemgein, composed of the Old Irish elements cóem "kind, gentle, handsome" and gein "birth". Saint Caoimhín established a monastery in Glendalough, Ireland in the 6th century and is the patron saint of Dublin. It became popular in the English-speaking world outside of Ireland in the 20th century.
VARIANTS: Kevyn (English), Caoimhín, Cóemgein, Kevan (Irish)
DIMINUTIVE: Kev (English)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017