Kevin

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See also: Kévin

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Name of an Irish seventh century saint, from Irish Caoimhghin or Caoimhín, from Old Irish Cóemgen (literally homely birth).

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Kevin (plural Kevins)

  1. A male given name from Irish. It first became popular outside Ireland in the mid-twentieth century.
  2. (Britain, derogatory, slang) A working-class male.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1990 Ruth Rendell: Going Wrong →ISBN page 157:
    "Guy," he said. He said it slowly and with a certain puzzlement. He said it again, thoughtfully, as if it were a name of someone he had known long ago but couldn't quite place. "Guy. Yes - don't you find it difficult being called that? I mean, if Nora hadn't said, I'd have put you down as a Kevin, or a Barry. Yes, Barry would suit you."
    He looked like an innocent child, smiling, wide-eyed, his cheeks plump and rosy, defying the object of his insults to take offence.
  • 1996 Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes. Harper Collins Publishers. →ISBN page 203:
    They sit by the fire smoking and talking about names. Mam says she likes the names Kevin and Sean but Bridey says, Ah no, there's too many of them in Limerick. Jesus, Angela, if you stuck your head out of the door and called, Kevin or Sean, come in for your tea, you'd have half o' Limerick running to your door.

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Breton[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin

  1. A male given name

References[edit]

  • Alain Stéphan, Tous les Prénoms bretons, 1996, Éditions Jean-Paul Gisserot, →ISBN, page 63

Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Kevin, from Irish Caoimhghin or Caoimhín, from Old Irish Cóemgen (literally comely birth).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: ke‧vin

Noun[edit]

Kevin

  1. A male given name from English

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recently borrowed from English Kevin.

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin

  1. A male given name

Estonian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recently borrowed from English Kevin.

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin

  1. A male given name

French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recently borrowed from English Kevin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin m

  1. A male given name

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Kevin. First popularised in the late 1970s after footballer Kevin Keegan, who played for Hamburger SV from 1977 to 1980.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin m (genitive Kevins, plural Kevins)

  1. A male given name

Usage notes[edit]

  • In recent decades, Kevin has become rather stigmatised in German-speaking Europe as a name typical of the uneducated classes. To a lesser degree the same is also true of other English given names (an interesting contrast to the otherwise high prestige of the English language).

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Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recently borrowed from English Kevin.

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin

  1. A male given name

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Kevin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin m

  1. A male given name from English, equivalent to English Kevin

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Recently borrowed from English Kevin.

Proper noun[edit]

Kevin c (genitive Kevins)

  1. A male given name

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