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What does Kelvin mean?

Kelvin Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH friend, river


VARIANTS Kellven, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvon, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Kelwinn, Kelwyn




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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)

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 #802 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Kalvin (#1165 FROM RECENT DATA) is the only other prominent variation form of Kelvin (#802). Adoption of these relations of Kelvin was widespread during the years 1960-1969 (AVERAGE #632) and is now significantly diminished, with the form Kelvin becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kelvin, Kalvin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kelvin and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kelvin is pronounced similarly to Calvin and Kalvyn. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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