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Quick Facts on Alvin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 571
Simple meaning:
Elf friend

Characteristics of Alvin

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Alvin

Alvin is a name we get from the Olde English personal name Ælfwine, from the elements “ælf” meaning “elf” and “wine” meaning “friend”. Alvin could have also developed from two other old Anglo-Saxon names: Æðelwine (noble friend) and/or Ealdwine (old friend). Ælfwine was the name of a 7th century Anglo-Saxon king of Deria (a sub-kingdom within Northumbria), so we can pretty much attest to the ancient usage of this name. Ælfwine was also chosen by J. R. R. Tolkien for one of his earlier fictional characters; he used the name specifically in reference to the “elf friend” etymology. Over many centuries of usage, Ælfwine would eventually morph into Alvin in modern English. Alvin has never been a particularly popular name in its Motherland of England, especially after the Norman Conquest, but it has achieved success in the United States. The name also ranks remarkably high in Sweden.

Popularity of the Name Alvin

Alvin’s success on the American male naming charts is long and illustrious. The name has been in constant use since at least the late 19th century when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends. What’s remarkable, though, is that Alvin was popular enough to make the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in America for almost 40 consecutive years (1901-1938). In the latter half of the 20th century up through today, Alvin has been on a steady decline. In fact, right now the name is experiencing the lowest point of its usage ever on the charts. Let’s face it, the name Alvin immediately conjures up the mischievous rabble-rouser from "Alvin and the Chipmunks" (first created in 1958). For some reason, the other two chipmunks Simon (the smart one) and Theodore (the shy chubby one) don’t have their names so closely associated with the silly singing trio. We can even hear the chipmunk’s father yelling “AAALLLVVVIIINNN!!!” The name thus reminds us of a harmlessly naughty and impish sort of boy like Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) and Dennis (from Dennis the Menace). Alvin is a cute and friendly name, even a bit nerdy in a charming sort of way. Although rapper Xzibit (born Alvin Joiner IV) may be giving the name some much needed street cred.
Popularity of the Boy Name Alvin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Alvin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Alvin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alvin

    Alvin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Alvin.

  • Popular Songs on Alvin

    Popular Songs on Alvin

    Alvin - a song by Dynamite Hack [explicit]

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Alvin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Alvin

    Alvin Ailey (Andrea Pinkney) - A young reader's portrait of dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey considers what the young Alvin might have thought and said and interposes facts about his life and dance theater. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Perdita Finn) - The Chipmunks and The Chipettes are enjoying the time of their lives on a spectacular cruise ship until . . . ’munk overboard! When the gang follows Alvin to the shore of a deserted island far away from their travel accommodations, they wonder: will Dave come to their rescue—or are they washed up for good? Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (Susan Hill) - Meet Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor! These three chipmunks are sweet, smart, and sensational singers -- and they′re ready to give Alvin and the gang some stiff competition! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things (Lenore Look) - Alvin Ho is an Asian American second grader who is afraid of everything—elevators, tunnels, girls, and, most of all, school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad. There are more books in this delightful series about one unforgettable character. Good for new readers. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald (Clifford B. Hicks) - Since 1960, children have been enthralled by the adventures of Alvin Fernald. Whenever Alvin's Magnificent Brain kicks into action, it's time to watch out! For Alvin is always thinking up another marvelous invention. Maybe it's the Foolproof Burglar Alarm for his bedroom door, or a Sure Shot Paper Slinger for delivering newspapers from his bike. But there's no doubt about it, as his sister the Pest says, "Alvin is a genius!" With his best friend Wilfred Shoemaker (Shoie for short) and the Pest, who always tags along, there is never a dull moment as Alvin unfolds the most brilliant plan of his career to solve the mystery surrounding the old Huntley place. There are a total of ten books in the Alvin Fernald series. Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Alvin

    Famous People Named Alvin

    Famous People Named Alvin - Sergeant Alvin C. York (WWI hero); Alvin Joiner IV (American rapper, aka Xzibit); Alvin Ailey (dancer/choreographer); Alvin Dark (baseball player); Alvin Davis (baseball player); Alvin Robertson (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Alvin

    Children of Famous People Named Alvin

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Alvin - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Alvin.

Personality of the Boy Name Alvin

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Alvin

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