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Origin of the name GAWAIN.
Etymology of the name GAWAIN.
Meaning of the baby name GAWAIN.


GAWAIN.  English Arthurian.  A knight of Arthur's Round Table.  From Old English Walweyn (q.v.), from Latin Walwanus (q.v.), from ancient Welsh Gwalchmai (q.v.), meaning "hawk of battle." (Mabinogion, Guest, 1910). 

    In Welsh pedigrees, he is Arthur's nephew, son of his sister Ernnos and of Llew, king of Lothian and Orkney.  He probably had a real existence, for the Triads celebrate him as one of the three golden-tongued knights of Britain, one of the three learned ones of Britain, and one of the three most courteous men towards strangers.  In a Welsh poem, he is represented as using his courteous tongue in behalf of his friend Trystan; and in the Mabinogion, in the "Lady of the Fountain," he takes such a prominent part, that the French romance is called that of Sir Yvaine and Sir Gawaine.  Walganus and Walwyn had Latinized the Hawk of Battle, and have caused it to be confounded with the Teutonic Walwine, slaughter-lover; but the Gwalchmai of Wales can be identified with the Gawain, or Wawyn, of romance by his friendship with Trystan, his relationship to Arthur, and his title in the romances of the Flower of Courtesy. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)


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