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Meaning and name origin

Calvin \c(a)-lvin, cal-vin\ as a boy's 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.


Calvin has 4 variant forms: Cal, Calvino, Kalvin and Vinnie.

There is 1 feminine form of Calvin: Calvina.


Calvin is a very popular first name for males (#155 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3490 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Calvin for boys. Calvin reached its highest rank of #83 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Calvin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Calvin (#182), Kalvin and Cal. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Calvin, Kalvin, Cal in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Calvin is also pronounced similarly to Kalvyn and Kelvin. Other suggested similar baby names are Galvin and Malvin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Calvin.