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Pronounced Pron. KEHV-in(English)
KEH-VEEN(French)
KEH-vin(German)
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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 middle of the 20th century, and elsewhere in Europe in the late 20th century.
VariantsKevyn(English) Caoimhín, Cóemgein, Kevan(Irish) Kévin(French)
DiminutiveKev(English)
Other Languages & CulturesKewin(Polish) Cefin(Welsh)
Same SpellingKévin
User SubmissionKêvin

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9th- or 10th-century depiction of Saint Caoimhín of Glendalough9th- or 10th-century depiction of Saint Caoimhín of Glendalough

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