Boy name origins & meanings
- Irish : Sparrows
Family name origins & meanings
- Irish : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gealbháin ‘descendant of Gealbhán’, a personal name from geal ‘bright’ + bán ‘white’.
- French : nickname for a cheerful drunkard, from Old French galer ‘to enjoy oneself’, also used in a transitive sense with the meaning ‘waste’, ‘consume’ + vin ‘wine’ (Latin vinum).
- French : from a variant of the personal name Gauvain (see Gavin).