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What does Alvin mean?

Alvin Pronunciation of Alvin as a boys' name is pronounced AL-vin. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Alvin is "elf or magical being, friend". From Aelfwine and also possibly means "precious friend". Radio characters Alvin and the Chipmunks have given the name an irresistably comical cast, however. Choreographer Alvin Ailey. Also form of Alban.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, elf, magical, friend


VARIANTS Ailwyn, Al, Aloin, Aluin, Aluino, Alva, Alvan, Alven, Alvie, Alvy, Alvyn, Alwin, Alwyn, Alwynn, Aylwin, Elvin, Elwin, Elwyn, Elwynn



(male) Alufin, ..

(female) Alvi, ..

Alvin Maximo (A.M.), ..

How popular is Alvin?

Alvin is a very prominent first name for men (#169 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#22891 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Alvin reached its top rank of #71 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is currently at #654. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alvin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alvin outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Alvin (#654 IN 2018) listed in the Top 2000 are Elvis (#1210), Elvin (#1444), Al, Alva, Alvan, Alven, Alvie, Alvy, Alwin, Elwin and Elwyn. Adoption of these relations of Alvin reached its apex a century ago (MEDIAN #907) and is now much less (#1775, 89.5% LESS USAGE).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alvin, Al, Alva, Alvan, Alven in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alvie, Alvy, Alwin, Elvin, Elvis in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elwin, Elwyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alvin, Elvin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alvin is pronounced similarly to Elven and Elvyn. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aarin, Adlin, Alain, Alair, Albain, Alben, Albie, Albin, Albion, Albis, Albyn, Aldan, Alden, Aldin, Aldis, Aldivin (see Aldous), Aldon, Aldwin, Alen, Alfio, Algie, Algis, Alia, Alic, Alin, Allain, Allie, Allin, Alois, Alon, Alpin, Alpine, Alric, Alstin, Alten, Alun, Alvar, Alvern, Alvis, Alwis, Antin, Arlin, Arvid, Arvin, Arvis, Arwin, Aswin, Avi, Avia, Aviv, Avon, Aydin, Aykin, Calvin, Eldin, Elgin, Ervin, Evin, Flin, Galvin, Gavin, Glin, Havin, Irvin, Jovin, Kelvin, Kevin, Klein, Levin, Melvin, Nevin, Olin and Tavin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alvin.

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