Calvin Name Meaning

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A Deep Dive

Calvin Overview

Meaning

Bald, hairless, little bald one

Gender

Boy

Origin

Latin, French

Etymology

Derived from the French surname ‘Cauvin,’ which means ‘little bald one.’

Pronunciation

/ˈkæl.vɪn/

Popularity

Calvin is moderately popular worldwide. In the USA, it ranked 144th in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

7 (Analytical, Studious, Knowledgeable)

Name Styles

Traditional, Classic, Popular

Associated Traits

Intellectual, charming, and thoughtful.

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Associated with John Calvin, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, highlighting its religious significance in Christianity.

Name Day

Celebrated on January 28th in honor of Saint Calvin.
A Deep Dive

Calvin Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Calvinus, Calvino, Kalvin, Kalvyn, Calvyn, Kalvino, Kalvinn

Common Nicknames

Vinnie, Calvy, Vinny, Cally

Diminutives

Cal, Calv, Vin, Calie

Famous People

  • Calvin Harris
    (Scottish DJ)
  • Calvin Klein
    (American Fashion Designer)
  • Calvin Ridley
    (American Football Player)
  • Calvin Murphy
    (American Basketball Player)
  • Calvin Coolidge
    (American Politician)
  • Calvin Peete
    (American Golfer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Calvin Candie
    ("Django Unchained," 2012 Film)
  • Calvin Cambridge
    ("Like Mike," 2002 Film)
  • Calvin Joyner
    ("Central Intelligence," 2016 Film)
  • Calvin Weir-Fields
    ("Ruby Sparks," 2012 Film)
  • Calvin's Dad
    ("Calvin and Hobbes," Comic Strip)

Places

  • Calvin City
    (Louisiana, USA)
  • Calvin Township
    (Cassin County, Michigan, USA)
  • Calvin Lake
    (Ontario, Canada)
  • Calvin Park
    (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Calvin?

Calvin means “bald” or “hairless,” derived from the French surname “Calvinus,” which in turn comes from the Latin word “calvus.” People named Calvin are often perceived as intelligent and thoughtful, exuding a sense of calm and sophistication.

What Is the Origin of The Name Calvin?

The name Calvin has French origins and is derived from the surname “Calvinus,” which comes from the Latin word “calvus,” meaning “bald.” It gained prominence through the influence of John Calvin, a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, which contributed to its widespread use in Europe and America.

Calvin Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Calvin in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#1452021#1472022#1522023
Top 3 Rankings#441924#471925#651926

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Calvin

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
2023152
(-5 from 2022)
2403
(-189 from 2022)
0.13123
2022147
(-2 from 2021)
2592
(+1 from 2021)
0.13839
2021145
(-2 from 2020)
2591
(+56 from 2020)
0.13829
2020143
(+2 from 2019)
2535
(-112 from 2019)
0.13705
2019145
(-1 from 2018)
2647
(-113 from 2018)
0.13774
2018144
(+2 from 2017)
2760
(+58 from 2017)
0.14199
2017146
(+3 from 2016)
2702
(-92 from 2016)
0.13653
2016149
(+22 from 2015)
2794
(+356 from 2015)
0.13793
2015171
(+11 from 2014)
2438
(+103 from 2014)
0.11925
2014182
(+13 from 2013)
2335
(+271 from 2013)
0.11395
2013195
(-6 from 2012)
2064
(+98 from 2012)
0.10214
2012189
(+19 from 2011)
1966
(+258 from 2011)
0.09689
2011208
(+7 from 2010)
1708
(+47 from 2010)
0.08408
2010215
(+16 from 2009)
1661
(+83 from 2009)
0.08085
2009231
(-4 from 2008)
1578
(-52 from 2008)
0.07440
2008227
(+2 from 2007)
1630
(+12 from 2007)
0.07476
2007229
(-9 from 2006)
1618
(-30 from 2006)
0.07305
2006220
(-1 from 2005)
1648
(+29 from 2005)
0.07517
2005219
No change from 2004
1619
(+22 from 2004)
0.07610
2004219
(+4 from 2003)
1597
(+31 from 2003)
0.07557
2003223
(-2 from 2002)
1566
(+5 from 2002)
0.07453
2002221
(-6 from 2001)
1561
(-52 from 2001)
0.07553
2001215
(-1 from 2000)
1613
(-68 from 2000)
0.07798
2000214
(-2 from 1999)
1681
(+59 from 1999)
0.08050
1999212
(-9 from 1998)
1622
(-16 from 1998)
0.07955
1998203
(-11 from 1997)
1638
(-69 from 1997)
0.08078
1997192
(-9 from 1996)
1707
(-52 from 1996)
0.08544
1996183
(-2 from 1995)
1759
(+40 from 1995)
0.08779
1995181
(+14 from 1994)
1719
(+153 from 1994)
0.08546
1994195
(-10 from 1993)
1566
(-180 from 1993)
0.07683
1993185
(+9 from 1992)
1746
(+132 from 1992)
0.08453
1992194
(-5 from 1991)
1614
(-95 from 1991)
0.07689
1991189
(-16 from 1990)
1709
(-74 from 1990)
0.08063
1990173
(-12 from 1989)
1783
(-86 from 1989)
0.08285
1989161
(-9 from 1988)
1869
(+58 from 1988)
0.08917
1988152
(+5 from 1987)
1811
(+22 from 1987)
0.09045
1987157
(+5 from 1986)
1789
(+123 from 1986)
0.09173
1986162
(+15 from 1985)
1666
(+146 from 1985)
0.08669
1985177
No change from 1984
1520
(+80 from 1984)
0.07899
1984177
(+3 from 1983)
1440
(+11 from 1983)
0.07673
1983180
(-4 from 1982)
1429
(-48 from 1982)
0.07668
1982176
(-4 from 1981)
1477
(+19 from 1981)
0.07826
1981172
(+13 from 1980)
1458
(+133 from 1980)
0.07829
1980185
(-4 from 1979)
1325
(-11 from 1979)
0.07144
1979181
(+6 from 1978)
1336
(+74 from 1978)
0.07458
1978187
(-8 from 1977)
1262
(-22 from 1977)
0.07386
1977179
(+4 from 1976)
1284
(+52 from 1976)
0.07512
1976183
(-5 from 1975)
1232
(-52 from 1975)
0.07546
1975178
(-1 from 1974)
1284
(-11 from 1974)
0.07914
1974177
(-3 from 1973)
1295
(-54 from 1973)
0.07944
1973174
(-2 from 1972)
1349
(-101 from 1972)
0.08360
1972172
(-3 from 1971)
1450
(-140 from 1971)
0.08662
1971169
(-3 from 1970)
1590
(-144 from 1970)
0.08747
1970166
(-3 from 1969)
1734
(+27 from 1969)
0.09103
1969163
(-7 from 1968)
1707
(-51 from 1968)
0.09332
1968156
(-2 from 1967)
1758
(-25 from 1967)
0.09902
1967154
(+5 from 1966)
1783
(+23 from 1966)
0.10020
1966159
(-6 from 1965)
1760
(-285 from 1965)
0.09683
1965153
(-8 from 1964)
2045
(-205 from 1964)
0.10794
1964145
(-5 from 1963)
2250
(-154 from 1963)
0.11100
1963140
(+4 from 1962)
2404
(-1 from 1962)
0.11644
1962144
(-17 from 1961)
2405
(-461 from 1961)
0.11443
1961127
(+2 from 1960)
2866
(-44 from 1960)
0.13287
1960129
(-4 from 1959)
2910
(-122 from 1959)
0.13439
1959125
(-2 from 1958)
3032
(-89 from 1958)
0.13995
1958123
(-9 from 1957)
3121
(-272 from 1957)
0.14483
1957114
(-5 from 1956)
3393
(+47 from 1956)
0.15501
1956109
(+1 from 1955)
3346
(+197 from 1955)
0.15590
1955110
(+7 from 1954)
3149
(+143 from 1954)
0.15065
1954117
(-6 from 1953)
3006
(+56 from 1953)
0.14528
1953111
(-3 from 1952)
2950
(-22 from 1952)
0.14734
1952108
(-2 from 1951)
2972
(+129 from 1951)
0.15061
1951106
(-1 from 1950)
2843
(+101 from 1950)
0.14872
1950105
(+7 from 1949)
2742
(+175 from 1949)
0.15076
1949112
(+5 from 1948)
2567
(+169 from 1948)
0.14245
1948117
(+3 from 1947)
2398
(-34 from 1947)
0.13451
1947120
(+8 from 1946)
2432
(+456 from 1946)
0.13092
1946128
(-4 from 1945)
1976
(+179 from 1945)
0.11973
1945124
No change from 1944
1797
(+46 from 1944)
0.13103
1944124
(+2 from 1943)
1751
(-9 from 1943)
0.12605
1943126
(+10 from 1942)
1760
(+182 from 1942)
0.12099
1942136
(-3 from 1941)
1578
(+68 from 1941)
0.11205
1941133
(-6 from 1940)
1510
(+38 from 1940)
0.12033
1940127
(-1 from 1939)
1472
(+78 from 1939)
0.12410
1939126
(-4 from 1938)
1394
(-60 from 1938)
0.12300
1938122
(+3 from 1937)
1454
(+121 from 1937)
0.12794
1937125
(-1 from 1936)
1333
(-19 from 1936)
0.12189
1936124
(+3 from 1935)
1352
(+31 from 1935)
0.12703
1935127
(+1 from 1934)
1321
(+2 from 1934)
0.12350
1934128
(-16 from 1933)
1319
(-170 from 1933)
0.12421
1933112
(+7 from 1932)
1489
(+35 from 1932)
0.14595
1932119
No change from 1931
1454
(+11 from 1931)
0.13533
1931119
(-8 from 1930)
1443
(-175 from 1930)
0.13489
1930111
(-2 from 1929)
1618
(-47 from 1929)
0.14325
1929109
(-15 from 1928)
1665
(-463 from 1928)
0.15032
192894
(-21 from 1927)
2128
(-566 from 1927)
0.18648
192773
(-8 from 1926)
2694
(-320 from 1926)
0.23186
192665
(-18 from 1925)
3014
(-1287 from 1925)
0.26313
192547
(-3 from 1924)
4301
(-618 from 1924)
0.37354
192444
(+38 from 1923)
4919
(+2511 from 1923)
0.42078
192382
(+46 from 1922)
2408
(+1126 from 1922)
0.21267
1922128
(+3 from 1921)
1282
(+6 from 1921)
0.11394
1921131
(+8 from 1920)
1276
(+178 from 1920)
0.11213
1920139
(+23 from 1919)
1098
(+264 from 1919)
0.09975
1919162
(-4 from 1918)
834
(-40 from 1918)
0.08214
1918158
(+2 from 1917)
874
(+89 from 1917)
0.08335
1917160
(-3 from 1916)
785
(+19 from 1916)
0.08183
1916157
(+9 from 1915)
766
(+72 from 1915)
0.08297
1915166
(+2 from 1914)
694
(+163 from 1914)
0.07878
1914168
(-8 from 1913)
531
(+91 from 1913)
0.07771
1913160
(-3 from 1912)
440
(+65 from 1912)
0.08205
1912157
No change from 1911
375
(+162 from 1911)
0.08306
1911157
(-4 from 1910)
213
(+12 from 1910)
0.08824
1910153
(-7 from 1909)
201
(+25 from 1909)
0.09640
1909146
(+23 from 1908)
176
(+41 from 1908)
0.09951
1908169
(-8 from 1907)
135
(-1 from 1907)
0.08115
1907161
(-1 from 1906)
136
(+13 from 1906)
0.08576
1906160
(-12 from 1905)
123
(-18 from 1905)
0.08538
1905148
(+12 from 1904)
141
(+23 from 1904)
0.09844
1904160
(+3 from 1903)
118
(+12 from 1903)
0.08520
1903163
(-20 from 1902)
106
(-24 from 1902)
0.08197
1902143
(+14 from 1901)
130
(+32 from 1901)
0.09793
1901157
(+6 from 1900)
98
(-30 from 1900)
0.08478
1900163
(-20 from 1899)
128
(+20 from 1899)
0.07895
1899143
No change from 1898
108
(-13 from 1898)
0.09375
1898143
(+8 from 1897)
121
(+18 from 1897)
0.09160
1897151
(+12 from 1896)
103
(+5 from 1896)
0.08447
1896163
(-33 from 1895)
98
(-32 from 1895)
0.07593
1895130
(+32 from 1894)
130
(+35 from 1894)
0.10265
1894162
(-17 from 1893)
95
(-8 from 1893)
0.07607
1893145
(-14 from 1892)
103
(-21 from 1892)
0.08510
1892131
(+1 from 1891)
124
(+20 from 1891)
0.09433
1891132
(-8 from 1890)
104
(-12 from 1890)
0.09518
1890124
(+10 from 1889)
116
(+9 from 1889)
0.09691
1889134
(-7 from 1888)
107
(-16 from 1888)
0.08989
1888127
(-16 from 1887)
123
(+1 from 1887)
0.09468
1887111
(+14 from 1886)
122
(+13 from 1886)
0.11161
1886125
(-11 from 1885)
109
(-10 from 1885)
0.09157
1885114
(-5 from 1884)
119
(-20 from 1884)
0.10263
1884109
(-2 from 1883)
139
(+17 from 1883)
0.11325
1883107
(+10 from 1882)
122
(-1 from 1882)
0.10847
1882117
(-23 from 1881)
123
(-15 from 1881)
0.10079
188194
(+6 from 1880)
138
(+4 from 1880)
0.12745
1880100
First SSA data recorded
134
First SSA data recorded
0.11318

American States Popularity Rankings for Calvin

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#1922021#1992022#2092023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#2642021#2612022#3212023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#2552021#2722022#1972023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#1802021#1672022#1982023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#2702021#1912022#2282023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#1322021#2142022#1422023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1472021#1132022#1592023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#1312021#1132022#1312023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#1082021#1072022#1452023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#3522021#2812022#2572023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#2072021#2452022#2282023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1142021#1082022#822023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#2122021#2312022#1962023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1572021#2082022#2372023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#2092021#1792022#2362023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#2482021#3682022#3792023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1212021#992022#1032023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#1862021#1332022#1132023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1562021#1432022#2382023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#542021#422022#592023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#2322021#1842022#1722023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#622021#702022#562023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#882021#922022#1172023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1042021#902022#642023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#2362021#2422022#2162023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1892021#1992022#1552023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#862021#842022#1262023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#672021#312022#612023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#492021#422022#362023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#932021#1012022#942023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1002021#1082022#1012023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#1372021#2682022#1682023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#632021#432022#1212023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#1712021#1712022#1852023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#962021#1252022#572023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#862021#832022#572023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1982020#1552021#2422022

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1862021#1452022#1362023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#862021#1012022#1382023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#362021#632022#812023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#492021#882022#462023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1052021#3202022#2962023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#822021#492022#532023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#672021#1372022#1162023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#1792021#1592022#1922023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#772021#682022#642023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1242020#2092022#1602023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#352020#362022#512023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1112021#1102022#602023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#902021#1302022#962023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#932020#302021#1042022

Popularity Rankings for Calvin in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#622000#722012#512018

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#1242021#1142022#1262023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#1862021#1782022#2882023

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1891995#1811996#1961997

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#2032021#1872022#3182023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#2522020#2952021#2642022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#2832009#3542010#4402012

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#3882010#4032014#4182015

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#5752019#4922020#6412021

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#5072013#5942014#7322015

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#5312020#5172021#7772022

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#7592015#8882017#7752018

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#8752022#9232023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Calvin a Name for Boys or Girls?

Calvin is largely used for boys. Its longstanding history and connection to notable male figures contribute to its perception as a male name, favored for its timeless and intellectual charm.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Calvin

Calvin in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Calvin Harris (DJ, born 1984): A Scottish DJ, record producer, and singer known for his hit songs and collaborations with various artists.
  • Calvin Klein (Fashion Designer, born 1942): An influential American fashion designer and founder of the Calvin Klein Inc. brand.
  • Calvin Ridley (Football Player, born 1994): An American football wide receiver who plays in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Calvin Murphy (Basketball Player, born 1948): A retired American professional basketball player and a Hall of Famer who played for the Houston Rockets.
  • Calvin Coolidge (Politician, 1872–1933): The 30th President of the United States known for his quiet and frugal leadership style.
  • Calvin Peete (Golfer, 1943–2015): An American professional golfer who was one of the most successful African American golfers in history.
  • John Calvin (Theologian, 1509–1564): A French theologian and pastor who was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism.
  • Calvin Stengs (Football Player, born 1998): A Dutch professional footballer who plays as a winger for Royal Antwerp and the Netherlands national team.
  • Calvin C.J. Sia (Pediatrician, 1927–2020): An American pediatrician who was a pioneer in the field of emergency medical services for children.
  • Calvin Candie ("Django Unchained," 2012 Film): A ruthless plantation owner with a penchant for violence and opulence.
  • Calvin Cambridge ("Like Mike," 2002 Film): A young orphan who gains basketball talent after finding a pair of magical sneakers.
  • Calvin Joyner ("Central Intelligence," 2016 Film): A mild-mannered accountant who reunites with a high school friend to solve a major case.
  • Calvin Weir-Fields ("Ruby Sparks," 2012 Film): A novelist who creates a character that comes to life.
  • Calvin's Dad ("Calvin and Hobbes," Comic Strip): The often perplexed father of Calvin, offering humorous and philosophical insights.
  • Calvin Owens ("Glee," 2009 TV Series): A member of the Glee Club who plays the trumpet and is openly gay.
  • Calvin ("Little Miss Sunshine," 2006 Film): The protagonist's son who aspires to be a fighter pilot despite his vow of silence.
  • Calvin Zabo ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 2013 TV Series): A doctor who becomes the supervillain Mister Hyde.
  • Calvin Barr ("The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot," 2018 Film): An aging war hero who is called upon for one last mission.
  • "Calvin and Hobbes" (Comic Strip): Follows the adventures of a young boy and his imaginary tiger friend.
  • "Calvin's Dream" (Novel): Explores the life and ambitions of a young man navigating a dystopian future.
  • Calvin City (Louisiana, USA): A small village in Winn Parish, Louisiana, known for its rural charm and close-knit community.
  • Calvin Township (Cassin County, Michigan, USA): A township in Cassin County, Michigan, featuring a mix of agricultural and residential areas.
  • Calvin Lake (Ontario, Canada): A serene lake located in Ontario, popular for fishing and outdoor recreation.
  • Calvin Park (Kingston, Ontario, Canada): A community park in Kingston, Ontario, offering sports facilities and green spaces.

Similar Names to Calvin

  • Colvin
  • Kelvin
  • Alvin
  • Galvin
  • Melvin
  • Clarence
  • Chester
  • Clive
  • Conrad
  • Curtis

Sibling Names for Calvin

  • Clive
  • Curtis
  • Conrad
  • Clarence
  • Chester
  • Clara
  • Celeste
  • Celine
  • Camille
  • Colette