Meaning and Name Origin
Elvin \e-lvin, el-vin\ as a boys' name is pronounced EL-vin. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Elvin is "elf or magical being, friend". Variant of Alvin, from Aelfwine. Also possibly means "precious friend".
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Alvern.
Elvin has 1 feminine form: Elvina.
Elvin is a very prominent first name for men (#595 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#22301 out of 88799, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Elvin for boys. Elvin reached its apex rank of #339 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elvin and corresponding names. Alvin (#595 last year), Elwin, Elwyn, Al, Alvie and Alva are the popular alternative forms of Elvin ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its highest during the years 1910-1919 and has become much less since, with forms such as Alvin, Elwin, Elwyn, Elvin and Al becoming somewhat outmoded. (2014 Birth Statistics)