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What does Alvin mean?

Alvin \a-lvin, al-vin\ as a boys' name is pronounced AL-vin. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alvin is "elf or magical being, friend". From Aelfwine and also possibly means "precious friend". Radio characters Alvin and the Chipmunks have given the name an irresistably comical cast, however. Choreographer Alvin Ailey.


Alvin has 19 variants: Ailwyn, Al, Aloin, Aluin, Aluino, Alva, Alvan, Alven, Alvie, Alvy, Alvyn, Alwin, Alwyn, Alwynn, Aylwin, Elvin, Elwin, Elwyn and Elwynn.

For more information, see also related boy names Elvis and Alban.

Alvin has 1 feminine form: Alvina.


Alvin is a very prominent first name for men (#169 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22891 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Alvin for boys. Alvin reached its top rank of #72 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, and is currently at #595. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alvin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alvin outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Alvin and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Alvin (#595 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Elwin, Elwyn, Elvis, Elvin, Alvie, Al and Alva. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4964%) and is now much less (usage 0.0506%, down 89.8%), with versions like Elvis, Alvin, Al, Alva and Alvie falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Al, Alva, Alvie, Alvin, Elvin, Elvis, Elwin, Elwyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alvin, Elvin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alvin is pronounced similarly to Elven and Elvyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Alain, Albain, Alben, Albin, Albion, Albyn, Aldin, Alin, Allin, Alpin, Alpine, Alvis and Arvin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alvin.