Alvin

First Name
160k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Alvin mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Alvin

"Alvin" is a name of American origin, and it means "Noble friend". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Old English ælf (“elf”) + wine (“friend”).

  1. A male given name.

Notable Persons Named Alvin

Xzibit is a rapping, actor, presenter, record producer, rapper, tv host, and producer. He has been prominent since 1995. Xzibit was given the name Alvin Nathaniel Joiner on September 18th, 1974 in Detroit.

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Alvin Toffler is a futurist, journalist, and writer. Alvin was born on October 4th, 1928.

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Alvin Lee was a blues rock, blues, rock music, and rockabilly musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. His career lasted from 1960 to 2013. Alvin was given the name Graham Anthony Barnes on December 19th, 1944 in Nottingham, England. He breathed his last breath on March 6th, 2013.

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Alvin Ailey was a dance, choreography, activism, dancer, choreographer, and activist. Alvin was born on January 5th, 1931 in Rogers, Texas, U.S. He passed away on December 1st, 1989.

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Alvin Karpis is a criminal. Alvin is also known as Creepy Karpis.

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Alvin Carl Plantinga is a philosopher. Alvin was born on November 15th, 1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Alvin

Dave Alvin is an americana (music), alternative country, roots rock, and rockabilly musician. His ongoing career started in 1980. Dave was born on November 11th, 1955.

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John Alvin was an artist. John was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He died on February 6th, 2008.

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Max was given the name George Alvin on March 16th, 1993. Max is also known as Alvin and George.

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Phil Alvin is a rock, roll, and roots rock singing, musician, and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, and Vocals. Phil was born on March 6th, 1953 in Downey, California.

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Juliette was born in 1897. She died in 1982.

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Tom was born on April 21st, 1962.

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How popular is the baby name Alvin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 102 0 102
1881 105 0 105
1882 132 0 132
1883 113 0 113
1884 145 0 145
1885 125 0 125
1886 112 0 112
1887 128 0 128
1888 157 0 157
1889 137 0 137
1890 147 0 147
1891 121 0 121
1892 164 0 164
1893 163 0 163
1894 167 0 167
1895 179 0 179
1896 183 0 183
1897 186 0 186 #97 boy name
1898 184 0 184
1899 173 0 173
1900 223 0 223
1901 179 0 179 #95 boy name
1902 201 0 201 #99 boy name
1903 222 0 222 #90 boy name
1904 247 0 247 #88 boy name
1905 258 0 258 #92 boy name
1906 239 0 239 #95 boy name
1907 245 0 245 #100 boy name
1908 312 5 307 #89 boy name
1909 363 0 363 #82 boy name
1910 401 0 401 #85 boy name
1911 465 5 460 #89 boy name
1912 936 7 929 #87 boy name
1913 1,144 0 1,144 #82 boy name
1914 1,542 10 1,532 #78 boy name
1915 2,017 11 2,006 #81 boy name
1916 2,116 23 2,093 #82 boy name
1917 2,165 22 2,143 #81 boy name
1918 2,436 28 2,408 #80 boy name
1919 2,405 22 2,383 #76 boy name
1920 2,545 22 2,523 #76 boy name
1921 2,705 18 2,687 #73 boy name
1922 2,613 15 2,598 #73 boy name
1923 2,673 27 2,646 #73 boy name
1924 2,783 24 2,759 #73 boy name
1925 2,797 19 2,778 #70 boy name
1926 2,715 21 2,694 #72 boy name
1927 2,909 25 2,884 #66 boy name
1928 2,766 17 2,749 #72 boy name
1929 2,584 30 2,554 #77 boy name
1930 2,536 24 2,512 #79 boy name
1931 2,325 25 2,300 #80 boy name
1932 2,291 17 2,274 #87 boy name
1933 2,136 9 2,127 #88 boy name
1934 2,166 20 2,146 #93 boy name
1935 2,181 15 2,166 #91 boy name
1936 1,981 14 1,967 #97 boy name
1937 1,992 5 1,987 #99 boy name
1938 2,067 6 2,061 #98 boy name
1939 1,959 17 1,942
1940 1,922 12 1,910
1941 2,028 12 2,016
1942 2,082 12 2,070
1943 2,211 10 2,201
1944 1,977 15 1,962
1945 1,871 11 1,860
1946 2,057 9 2,048
1947 2,226 13 2,213
1948 2,282 10 2,272
1949 2,165 12 2,153
1950 2,286 17 2,269
1951 2,397 8 2,389
1952 2,346 10 2,336
1953 2,122 15 2,107
1954 2,384 17 2,367
1955 2,382 18 2,364
1956 2,443 17 2,426
1957 2,411 27 2,384
1958 2,203 22 2,181
1959 2,266 12 2,254
1960 2,005 10 1,995
1961 1,882 12 1,870
1962 1,730 18 1,712
1963 1,514 14 1,500
1964 1,476 16 1,460
1965 1,341 11 1,330
1966 1,254 14 1,240
1967 1,228 5 1,223
1968 1,119 8 1,111
1969 1,074 12 1,062
1970 1,104 17 1,087
1971 1,043 12 1,031
1972 889 5 884
1973 877 8 869
1974 822 11 811
1975 863 7 856
1976 773 7 766
1977 768 5 763
1978 810 10 800
1979 824 8 816
1980 877 8 869
1981 815 8 807
1982 797 12 785
1983 714 8 706
1984 700 10 690
1985 718 13 705
1986 683 7 676
1987 736 7 729
1988 696 8 688
1989 828 6 822
1990 749 0 749
1991 701 7 694
1992 638 5 633
1993 647 0 647
1994 563 7 556
1995 548 0 548
1996 497 0 497
1997 539 0 539
1998 518 0 518
1999 515 0 515
2000 511 0 511
2001 530 0 530
2002 528 0 528
2003 469 0 469
2004 479 0 479
2005 512 0 512
2006 513 0 513
2007 515 0 515
2008 652 0 652
2009 467 0 467
2010 490 0 490
2011 461 0 461
2012 502 0 502
2013 453 0 453
2014 459 0 459
2015 451 0 451
2016 465 0 465
2017 432 0 432

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Popularity of Alvin as a first name

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Popularity of Alvin as a last name

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Common last names for Alvin

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Hall
  • Clark

Common first names for Alvin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Alvin U.S.
  White 40.64% 64.26%
  African American 48.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Alvin

People with the last name Alvin are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Alvin

  • What name lists does Alvin rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Alvin? Alvin is the 455th most popular name of all time. As a last name Alvin was the 22,827th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Alvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 159,588 babies born with the first name Alvin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alvin to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alvin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 102 new born babies.
  • When was Alvin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alvin is Tuesday, February 26th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Alvin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alvin was in 1927 with a total of 2,884 babies. That's a lot of babies named Alvin!
  • Random Alvin Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alvin ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 79 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1956.
  • Weird things about the name Alvin: Your name in reverse order is Nivla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lvina. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Alvin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,122 people with the last name Alvin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alvin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Alvin as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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