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Gawain, pronounced ga-wine/wayn, is a Welsh name with legendary roots. It is considered an anglicization of the name Gwalchgwyn meaning “white hawk.” Gavin is the modern form now. Then there is the possibility it might be derived from the Welsh name Gwalchmei meaning “hawk of May.” Gwalchmei was an early Welsh hero so the tales of King Arthur and his knights might have taken inspiration from this hero. Either way the meaning and origin of the name is not certain and there is a possibility it could have Germanic roots as well.
Sir Gawain was King Arthur’s nephew and a knight of the round table. He is one of the select members to be considered as one of the greatest knights, most notably in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He was considered a formidable, courteous and passionate warrior, fiercely loyal to his king and family. In early tales he is considered the perfect knight, and is prominent in many romances (French in particular).
Gawain has never ranked in the U.S and Australia, however in the years 1997 and 2000 3 babies were named this in the UK.