What does Kelvin mean?
Kelvin /kel-vin/ [2 sylls.] 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.Kreatif forms: Keivin, Kelvinne, Keyvin. [more]
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. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Kelvin for boys. Kelvin entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #233 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #684 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Kelvin and related names. Kalvin is the only other prominent variation form of Kelvin (#684 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its apex in the year 1990 (usage of 0.3855%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.158%, down 59%), with the form Kelvin becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Kelvin▼ is pronounced similarly to Calvin and Kalvyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Delvin, Kellin, Keltin, Kelvis, Kervin, Kevin▲ and Melvin▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kelvin.