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Meaning and name origin
Alvin \a-lvin, al-vin\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Alvin: Alvina.
Alvin is a very popular first name for males (#169 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#20413 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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