Kelvin

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50k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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184
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kelvin

"Kelvin" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "A river of Scotland". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Kel"vin
The SI unit of temperature, defined as being 1/273.16 of the triple point of water; abbreviated K. The melting point of water at 760 mm pressure is 273.15 Kelvins, and the boiling point 373.15 Kelvins. One degree Kelvin is equal to one degree Centigrade, and 9/5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Etymology: from Lord Kelvin, English physicist

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. British physicist who invented the Kelvin scale of temperature and pioneered undersea telegraphy (1824-1907)
  2. The basic unit of thermodynamic temperature adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
Wiktionary
  1. A river in Scotland, running through Glasgow.
  2. A surname​.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname; rather rare.
  4. Alternative letter-case form of kelvin

Kelvin was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Kelvin

Kelvin was born on October 24th, 1991 in San Jose, California.

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Kelvin Benjamin is a football player for the Carolina Panthers. Kelvin was born on February 5th, 1991 in Belle Glade, Florida.

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Kelvin Beachum is a football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kelvin was born on June 8th, 1989 in Mexia, Texas.

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Posdnuos is a hip hop music musician. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1987 to present. Posdnuos was given the name Kelvin Mercer on August 17th, 1969 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. Posdnuos is also known as Posdnuos, Mercenary, Plug One, Sop Sound, and Plug Wonder Why.

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Kelvin MacKenzie is a newspaper editor and editor-in-chief. Kelvin was given the name Kelvin Calder MacKenzie on October 22nd, 1946 in London, England.

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Kelvin Fletcher is an actor and model. He has been prominent since 1994. Kelvin was given the name Kelvin Warren Fletcher on January 17th, 1984 in Oldham.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelvin

The Lord Kelvin was a President of the Royal Society and List of presidents of the Royal Society. The was born on June 26th, 1824 in Belfast. He passed away on December 17th, 1907.

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Kelvin is a soccer player for the São Paulo FC, FC Porto, Paraná Clube, Rio Ave F.C., FC Porto B, and Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. Kelvin was born on June 1st, 1993 in Curitiba, Brazil. Kelvin is also known as Kelvin.

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The Lord Smith of Kelvin is an office holder. The was born on August 8th, 1944 in Glasgow.

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Carol Ann Abrams was a television and film producer, author, academic, television producer, film producer, and academia. Carol was given the name Carol Ann Kelvin on September 23rd, 1942 in New York City, New York, US. She died on June 3rd, 2012.

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Rob Kelvin is a television presenter. Rob was born on September 20th, 1944 in Adelaide.

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Chand Kelvin is an actor, model (people), and model. Chand was given the name Chandra Adi Prakoso on March 17th, 1985 in Jakarta.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 6 0 6
1915 5 0 5
1921 5 0 5
1924 10 0 10
1925 10 0 10
1926 5 0 5
1927 10 0 10
1928 12 0 12
1929 9 0 9
1930 9 0 9
1931 14 0 14
1932 9 0 9
1933 5 0 5
1934 23 0 23
1935 34 0 34
1936 37 0 37
1937 13 0 13
1938 16 0 16
1939 22 0 22
1940 21 0 21
1941 18 0 18
1942 21 0 21
1943 12 0 12
1944 14 0 14
1945 20 0 20
1946 21 0 21
1947 27 0 27
1948 33 0 33
1949 42 0 42
1950 140 0 140
1951 181 0 181
1952 259 0 259
1953 282 0 282
1954 441 0 441
1955 531 0 531
1956 762 5 757
1957 806 0 806
1958 775 6 769
1959 1,024 10 1,014
1960 1,315 11 1,304
1961 1,374 10 1,364
1962 1,336 7 1,329
1963 1,340 8 1,332
1964 1,266 9 1,257
1965 1,207 11 1,196
1966 1,085 5 1,080
1967 1,069 11 1,058
1968 1,009 11 998
1969 952 9 943
1970 923 11 912
1971 887 7 880
1972 896 13 883
1973 837 10 827
1974 774 9 765
1975 739 11 728
1976 733 0 733
1977 790 5 785
1978 757 6 751
1979 669 5 664
1980 617 5 612
1981 650 0 650
1982 726 0 726
1983 676 12 664
1984 696 7 689
1985 750 9 741
1986 725 11 714
1987 758 11 747
1988 801 7 794
1989 838 12 826
1990 875 5 870
1991 840 5 835
1992 808 12 796
1993 780 6 774
1994 749 0 749
1995 719 7 712
1996 677 0 677
1997 598 0 598
1998 698 0 698
1999 687 0 687
2000 657 0 657
2001 618 0 618
2002 659 0 659
2003 644 0 644
2004 636 5 631
2005 617 0 617
2006 632 0 632
2007 623 0 623
2008 605 0 605
2009 572 0 572
2010 496 0 496
2011 464 0 464
2012 473 0 473
2013 412 0 412
2014 366 0 366
2015 398 0 398
2016 335 0 335

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Popularity of Kelvin as a first name

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Common last names for Kelvin

  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Thompson
  • Davis
  • White
  • James
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kelvin U.S.
  White 60.33% 64.26%
  African American 24.46% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 11.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kelvin

People with the last name Kelvin are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Kelvin

  • How Popular is the name Kelvin? Kelvin is the 996th most popular name of all time. As a last name Kelvin was the 98,553rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kelvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 49,517 babies born with the first name Kelvin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kelvin to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kelvin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Kelvin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kelvin is Thursday, November 12th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Kelvin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kelvin was in 1961 with a total of 1,364 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelvin!
  • Random Kelvin Factoid: According to the 1971 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelvin ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 70 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1971.
  • Weird things about the name Kelvin: Your name in reverse order is Nivlek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nelkiv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kelvin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 184 people with the last name Kelvin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kelvin? Kelvin is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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