My sister seems to be really good at picking baby names just before they peak. My oldest nephew, Aidan, was born in 2003, when the correct spelling of this Irish saint's name hit its pinnacle. (That was before the alternate spelling, Aiden, climbed into the baby name stratosphere.) And the same goes for my younger nephew, who was born nine years ago today and given the recently cool name Gavin. (Happy Birthday, Gavin!)
Gavin's a Celtic name that means "white hawk," a fierce meaning that doesn't seem quite so fitting with my charming and sweet nephew. (We all joke that he'll get into politics with his charisma and ability to sway you into doing his bidding!) The name's biggest claims to fame—at least until my nephew makes his run for President—is rocker (and Gwen Stefani husband) Gavin Rossdale, and Love Boat actor Gavin MacLeod. It's fallen off a little from its peak at #30, and now stands just inside the top 50 baby names. And yes, it makes a nice alternative to some of the "den" names, like his big brother Aidan, Braeden and Jayden.
My sister paired Gavin with a family surname as the middle name, but it'd work beautifully with either a long or short middle name, depending on the length of the last name. James and Alexander work nicely if you like something more traditional, or Chase or Wilder if you don't.
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