Meaning and name origin
Elvin \e-lvin, el-vin\ as a boy's 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 information, see also the related boy name Alvern.
There is 1 feminine form of Elvin: Elvina.
Elvin is a very popular first name for males (#595 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22301 out of 88799, Top 25%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elvin for boys. Elvin reached its highest rank of #339 in the U.S. in 1920-1929 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Elvin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alvin (#595), Elwyn, Elvin and Elwin. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Elvin▼ is also pronounced similarly to Alvan, Alven and Alvyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Edvin, Eldin, Elgin, Eljin, Elvio, Elvis▼, Ervin▼ and Evin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elvin.