What does Kelvin mean?
Kelvin [kelvin] as a boys' name is pronounced KEL-vin. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Kelvin is "friend of ships". Also possibly a place name referring to a river.
Affiliated boy name: Kalvin.Creative forms:
(male) Keivin, Kelvinne, ..
(female) Kelvinka, Kelvinna, .. Middle name pairings:
Kelvin Alfred (K.A.), ..
How popular is Kelvin?
Kelvin is a very prominent first name for males (#358 out of 1220, Top 29%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#89172 out of 150436, Top 59%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name history of Kelvin for boys. Kelvin entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #222 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #650 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Displayed below is a study of the history of Kelvin and related names. Kalvin (#1132 from recent data) is the only other prominent variation form of Kelvin (#650 from recent data). Adoption of these relations of Kelvin was widespread during the years 1960-1969 (average #632) and is now significantly diminished.
Kelvin is pronounced similarly to Calvin and Kalvyn. Other suggested similar names are Alvin▼, Bevin, Bevvin, Delfin, Delvin, Delvon, Delwin, Dervin, Devin▼, Elvin▼, Feltin (see Felton), Galvin, Jeavin, Jevin, Jevvin (see Jevon), Kaelin, Kalin, Keallin (see Keelan), Keelin, Kelan, Kelbie, Kelden, Keldon, Kellan▲, Kellen, Kellin, Kelltin, Kellvis, Kelsie, Kelten, Keltin, Kelton, Kelvis, Kelviss (see Kelvis), Kelvys (see Kelvis), Kentin, Kervin, Kervyn, Kerwin, Kevan, Keven▼, Kevin▼, Kevinn, Kevion, Kevis, Kevon▼, Kevyn, Keyvan, Klein, Koltin, Levin, Malvin, Medvin, Mellin, Melvin▼, Melvon, Melvyn▼, Melwin, Mervin▼, Nevin, Selwin and Tevin▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelvin.See names in meaning and etymology.