Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Irish name Caoimhín meaning "beloved birth", derived from Old Irish Cóemgein, composed of cóem "dear, beloved, gentle" 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.

Related Names

VariantsKevan, Kevyn(English) Caoimhín(Irish) Kévin(French)
DiminutiveKev(English)
Other Languages & CulturesCóemgein(Old Irish) Kewin(Polish) Cefin(Welsh)
Same SpellingKévin
User SubmissionKêvin

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Name Days

Austria: June 6
Norway: October 11
Spain: June 3
Sweden: September 7

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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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Entry updated January 21, 2022