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What does Calvin mean?

Calvin /calv-in/ as a boys' name is pronounced KAL-vin. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Calvin is "little bald one".

Diminutive of "calve", from French "chauve". A Roman family clan name turned surname. Transferred to a first name as homage to 16th-century French religious reformer Jean Calvin, whose thinking deeply influenced the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Huguenot branches of Protestantism. More familiar in modern times due to Bill Watterson's cartoon feature "Calvin and Hobbes". American President Calvin Coolidge; composer Calvin Hamptom; Italian author Italo Calvino.

Associated with: little, roman, 16th century, modern


Calvin has 4 variants: Cal, Calvino, Kalvin and Vinnie.

Calvin has 1 feminine form: Calvina.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Calvinny, Calvwin, ..

(female) Calvinny, Calvna, ..

How popular is Calvin?

Calvin is a very popular first name for males (#155 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3664 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Calvin for boys. Calvin reached its highest rank of #80 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, and is at #182 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calvin name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the history of the boy name Calvin and corresponding names. Cal (#1340 a year ago) and Kalvin (#1423) are the popular alternative forms of Calvin (#182 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Calvin was common among parents 9 decades ago (median #1199) and is somewhat less today (#981, 41%), with the form Calvin becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Calvin, Cal, Kalvin in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Calvin is alike in pronunciation to Kalvyn, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvin, Kelvon and Kelvyn. Other recommended names are Alvin, Caidin, Cailin, Cain, Calan, Callan, Callis, Camdin, Caolain, Cardin, Carlin, Carmin, Carvil, Catlin, Cavan, Caydin, Clevon, Coldin, Colin, Collin, Colwin, Corvin, Cullin, Dallin, Dalvwin (see Delvin), Darvin, Davin, Delvin, Earvin, Elvin, Galin, Gallvin (see Galvin), Galvan, Galven, Galvin, Galvon, Garvin, Gavin, Havin, Jalin, Kalin, Malin, Mallin, Malvin, Malvinn (see Malvin), Malvyn (see Malvin), Marvin, Melvin, Nalin, Rayvin, Salvian, Salvino, Salvio, Savin, Talin, Tallin, Tavin and Walwin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Calvin.