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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.


Alvin has 19 variant forms: 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.

There is 1 feminine form of Alvin: Alvina.


Alvin is a very popular first name for males (#169 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#20413 out of 88799, Top 23%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alvin for boys (2014 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 popularity of the boy name Alvin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alvin (#595), Elwyn, Elvis, Elwin, Alvie, Al, Alva and Elvin. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Alvin is also 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 commonly used than Alvin.