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PronouncedPron.KEV-in English
KE-VEEN French
KE-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 20th century.
VariantsKevyn English Caoimhín, Cóemgein, Kevan Irish
DiminutiveKev English
Other Languages & CulturesCefin Welsh
User SubmissionsKévin, Kêvin

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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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