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Kelvin

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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 807 0 807
1958 774 6 768
1959 1,024 10 1,014
1960 1,315 11 1,304
1961 1,373 10 1,363
1962 1,337 7 1,330
1963 1,340 8 1,332
1964 1,266 9 1,257
1965 1,207 11 1,196
1966 1,086 5 1,081
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 838 10 828
1974 774 9 765
1975 740 11 729
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 874 5 869
1991 840 5 835
1992 808 12 796
1993 780 6 774
1994 749 0 749
1995 718 7 711
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 616 0 616
2006 632 0 632
2007 623 0 623
2008 605 0 605
2009 572 0 572
2010 496 0 496
2011 463 0 463
2012 473 0 473
2013 411 0 411
2014 366 0 366
2015 398 0 398

Fun Facts about the name Kelvin

  • How many people with the first name Kelvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 49,180 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 1,363 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kelvin!
  • Random Kelvin Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kelvin ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 46 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1977.
  • 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 Ikelvn. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kelvin" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kelvin as well as things modernly associated with the name Kelvin such as celebrities named Kelvin.

Scottish

Origin and Meaning of Kelvin

The name "Kelvin" is 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
  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 With the Name Kelvin

Kelvin Gastelum

Kelvin Gastelum is an influential individual. Kelvin was born on October 24th, 1991 in San Jose, California.

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Kelvin Benjamin

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

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

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

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

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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  • Kelvin Sampson
    (basketball player)
  • Kelvin Wilson
    (soccer player)
  • Kelvin
    (soccer player)
  • Kelvin Doe
    (inventor)
  • Kelvin Hopkins
    (for Luton North)
  • Kelvin Etuhu
    (soccer player)
  • Kelvin Sheppard
    (athlete)
  • Kelvin Leerdam
    (soccer player)
  • Kelvin Cato
    (basketball player)
  • Kelvin Herrera
    (baseball player)
  • Kelvin Kwan
    (singing)
  • Kelvin Hayden
    (football player)
  • Kelvin Thomson
    (member of parliament)
  • Kelvin Mellor
    (soccer player)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kelvin

The Lord 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

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

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

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

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

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Chand Kelvin

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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What does the name Kelvin mean?

Kis for kindness, you always show.

Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Vis for versatile, your changeable nature.

Iis for innovator, always improving

Nis for normal, step outside of the box!

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