Calvin

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201k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
9k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Calvin

"Calvin" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Bald". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cal"vin
Senses
  1. John Calvin, a French theologian and reformer; born 1509, died 1564.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Swiss theologian (born in France) whose tenets (predestination and the irresistibility of grace and justification by faith) defined Presbyterianism (1509-1564)
  2. United States chemist noted for discovering the series of chemical reactions in photosynthesis (1911-)
Wiktionary

Latinization of Middle French Cauvin, a nickname for a chauve (“bald”) person.

  1. A surname​ of French and Spanish origin, notably borne by John Calvin, French Protestant theologian
  2. (chiefly US) A male given name derived from the surname; used especially by nonconformist families

Notable Persons Named Calvin

Snoop Dogg is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, record executive, activist, and actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1992. Snoop was given the name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. on October 20th, 1971 in Long Beach, California, U.S.

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Calvin Harris is a dj, record producer, singer, songwriter, and remixer. Calvin was given the name Adam Richard Wiles on January 17th, 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland, UK.

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Calvin Coolidge was a Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts, 30th President of the United States, 29th Vice President of the United States, 46th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, President of the Massachusetts Senate, Member of theMassachusetts Senate, Mayor ofNorth. Calvin was born on July 4th, 1872 in Plymouth Notch, Vermont, U.S. He passed away on January 5th, 1933.

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Calvin is a fictional character.

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Calvin Johnson is a football player. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Calvin was born on September 29th, 1985 in Newnan, Georgia.

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Calvin Klein is a fashion designer. Calvin was given the name Calvin Richard Klein on November 19th, 1942 in Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Calvin

Calvin is a fictional character.

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Melvin Calvin was a scientist in the fields of chemistrybiology and chemistry. Melvin was given the name Melvin Ellis Calvin on April 8th, 1911 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He passed away on January 8th, 1997.

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Henry Calvin was a comic actor. He was most active from 1949 to 1971. Henry was given the name Wimberly Calvin Goodman on May 25th, 1918 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. Henry is also known as Goodman and Wimberly Calvin. He died on October 6th, 1975.

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Cory Calvin is a boxer. Cory was born on February 20th, 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

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Cher Calvin is a news presenter. Cher was born in New York City.

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Idelette was given the name Idelette de Bure .

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 134 0 134 #101 boy name
1881 138 0 138 #94 boy name
1882 123 0 123
1883 122 0 122
1884 139 0 139
1885 119 0 119
1886 109 0 109
1887 122 0 122
1888 123 0 123
1889 107 0 107
1890 116 0 116
1891 104 0 104
1892 124 0 124
1893 103 0 103
1894 95 0 95
1895 130 0 130
1896 98 0 98
1897 103 0 103
1898 121 0 121
1899 108 0 108
1900 128 0 128
1901 98 0 98
1902 130 0 130
1903 106 0 106
1904 118 0 118
1905 141 0 141
1906 123 0 123
1907 136 0 136
1908 135 0 135
1909 176 0 176
1910 201 0 201
1911 213 0 213
1912 375 0 375
1913 440 0 440
1914 536 5 531
1915 701 7 694
1916 771 5 766
1917 785 0 785
1918 882 8 874
1919 839 6 833
1920 1,108 9 1,099
1921 1,286 11 1,275
1922 1,293 10 1,283
1923 2,421 10 2,411 #82 boy name
1924 4,939 22 4,917 #44 boy name
1925 4,320 20 4,300 #47 boy name
1926 3,038 23 3,015 #65 boy name
1927 2,715 22 2,693 #73 boy name
1928 2,145 18 2,127 #94 boy name
1929 1,681 18 1,663
1930 1,633 14 1,619
1931 1,453 12 1,441
1932 1,465 11 1,454
1933 1,501 11 1,490
1934 1,324 5 1,319
1935 1,328 7 1,321
1936 1,363 11 1,352
1937 1,342 11 1,331
1938 1,467 12 1,455
1939 1,407 13 1,394
1940 1,481 9 1,472
1941 1,522 13 1,509
1942 1,583 6 1,577
1943 1,765 7 1,758
1944 1,761 10 1,751
1945 1,808 11 1,797
1946 1,984 8 1,976
1947 2,442 10 2,432
1948 2,407 10 2,397
1949 2,581 13 2,568
1950 2,755 12 2,743
1951 2,858 16 2,842
1952 2,990 14 2,976
1953 2,961 18 2,943
1954 3,030 21 3,009
1955 3,166 16 3,150
1956 3,359 19 3,340
1957 3,416 24 3,392
1958 3,143 30 3,113
1959 3,051 16 3,035
1960 2,939 28 2,911
1961 2,883 19 2,864
1962 2,423 17 2,406
1963 2,426 24 2,402
1964 2,283 30 2,253
1965 2,066 20 2,046
1966 1,777 14 1,763
1967 1,802 20 1,782
1968 1,783 24 1,759
1969 1,728 18 1,710
1970 1,748 15 1,733
1971 1,611 19 1,592
1972 1,465 15 1,450
1973 1,364 12 1,352
1974 1,310 13 1,297
1975 1,298 14 1,284
1976 1,251 21 1,230
1977 1,308 23 1,285
1978 1,276 14 1,262
1979 1,358 23 1,335
1980 1,340 13 1,327
1981 1,469 12 1,457
1982 1,494 18 1,476
1983 1,443 14 1,429
1984 1,456 15 1,441
1985 1,538 19 1,519
1986 1,682 17 1,665
1987 1,807 19 1,788
1988 1,825 13 1,812
1989 1,882 14 1,868
1990 1,790 8 1,782
1991 1,715 7 1,708
1992 1,621 7 1,614
1993 1,745 0 1,745
1994 1,565 0 1,565
1995 1,725 6 1,719
1996 1,763 6 1,757
1997 1,706 0 1,706
1998 1,637 0 1,637
1999 1,620 0 1,620
2000 1,679 0 1,679
2001 1,617 5 1,612
2002 1,565 5 1,560
2003 1,563 0 1,563
2004 1,594 0 1,594
2005 1,617 0 1,617
2006 1,655 7 1,648
2007 1,617 0 1,617
2008 1,626 0 1,626
2009 1,576 0 1,576
2010 1,658 0 1,658
2011 1,706 0 1,706
2012 1,963 0 1,963
2013 2,067 7 2,060
2014 2,338 6 2,332
2015 2,433 0 2,433
2016 2,793 7 2,786
2017 2,689 0 2,689

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Popularity of Calvin as a first name

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Popularity of Calvin as a last name

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Common last names for Calvin

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Calvin U.S.
  White 51.82% 64.26%
  African American 39.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.19% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Calvin

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

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Fun Facts about the name Calvin

  • What name lists does Calvin rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Calvin? Calvin is the 370th most popular name of all time. As a last name Calvin was the 3,763rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Calvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 201,342 babies born with the first name Calvin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Calvin to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Calvin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 134 new born babies.
  • When was Calvin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Calvin is Sunday, November 13th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Calvin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Calvin was in 1924 with a total of 4,917 babies. That's a lot of babies named Calvin!
  • Random Calvin Factoid: According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Calvin ranks 52nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 181 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1951.
  • Weird things about the name Calvin: Your name in reverse order is Nivlac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Laivcn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Calvin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,412 people with the last name Calvin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Calvin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Calvin as their last name.

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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