Meaning and Name Origin
Calvin \c(a)-lvin, cal-vin\ 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.
Calvin has 1 feminine form: Calvina.
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 (#3490 out of 88799, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Calvin for boys. Calvin reached its highest rank of #83 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, and is at #182 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Calvin and corresponding names. Kalvin and Cal are the popular alternative forms of Calvin (#182 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest during the years 1880-1889 and is now much lower, with the form Cal becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)