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Quick Facts on Calvin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 195
Simple meaning:
Little bald one, Nonconformist

Characteristics of Calvin

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Calvin

Calvin is the transferred use of a French surname given among Nonconformists in honor of the French theologian Jean Calvin (1509-1564). The name comes from the French “chauve” meaning ‘bald’ (Cauvin is the Norman diminutive of “calve/chauve” meaning ‘little bald one’). John Calvin (anglicized) was an influential religious scholar who broke from the Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation and is primarily known for the development of Calvinism (a doctrine defined by predestination and total depravity, stressing the absolute sovereignty of God). This belief system would be adopted by Presbyterianism and spread throughout the world.

Popularity of the Name Calvin

Given its religious significance among reformed Protestant churches, the name Calvin has been an age-old American favorite. On the charts since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880; Calvin has enjoyed consistent moderate-high usage. The height of the name’s popularity came in the mid-1920s when, for a brief spell, it was a Top 50 favorite among American parents. For the past 130 years, the name Calvin has averaged around position #150, although today it’s no longer on the Top 200. Not only is the name Calvin influenced by the 16th century theologian, but also the 30th U.S. President Calvin Coolidge and the archetypal American fashion designer Calvin Klein. But let us not forget Calvin from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, syndicated between 1985 and 1995 – the precious, precocious and imaginative little six-year old who, along with his sardonic stuffed tiger Hobbes, gets into mischief and mayhem. A delightful character, we can easily see the attraction to this name (cartoonist Bill Watterson actually named Calvin after John Calvin and Hobbes after Thomas Hobbes, a 17th century political philosopher). Calvin is often shortened to the one-syllable pet form “Cal” (as in Cal Ripken, Jr.); which makes it a great choice for U.C. Berkeley graduates and “Cal” fans alike. We also find it interesting that Calvin is associated with the number Seven in numerology – the spiritual number, which makes it quite fitting for its original namesake, the religious theologian John Calvin.
Popularity of the Boy Name Calvin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Calvin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Calvin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Calvin

    Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes) Calvin is the precocious and often bad-tempered six year old boy of the “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip, created and syndicated by Bill Watterson from 1985 to 1995. Together with his tiger, Hobbes, he has many fantastic adventures, which, of course, are largely undetected by the adults around him. Hobbes appears as a blank-eyed stuffed toy whenever any other characters are around, but is a clever and philosophically bent, sarcastic and highly dexterous playmate when the two are alone. Calvin and Hobbes are called after the 16th century theologian, John Calvin and the 17th century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, but that hardly matters to their devoted fans, even when they are subjected to thinly veiled serious current world issues. The best thing about Calvin (and Hobbes) is that he is a seriously funny little kid.

    Calvin O’Keefe (A Wrinkle in Time) Calvin is a character in the Madeleine L’Engels series of books about the O’Keefe and Murry families, beginning with the first , A Wrinkle In Time, published in 1962. He is a popular boy in high school, good at sports and academics alike. But it is his home life that is lacking – one of eleven children, he is either abused or ignored at home, and feels true warmth in the bosom of the Murry family, especially Meg Murry, with whom he forms a special bond. Meg and Calvin are able to communicate in a kind of telepathic style. Together with the Murry children, Calvin travels on fantastic voyages through the universe, meet other-worldly characters, more often than not saving the day against disasters. As the series progresses, the characters age appropriately, and Calvin and Meg are wed and produce seven children. We call that a happy ending!

  • Popular Songs on Calvin

    Popular Songs on Calvin

    For Calvin - a song by Glauco Venier

    Laugh Calvin - a song by Pleymo

    The Ballad of Calvin Crozier - a song by Seven Nations

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Calvin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Calvin

    Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie (Jennifer Berne) - While Calvin's siblings learn things birds need to know, the young starling has his beak buried in books. He reads adventure stories, legends, and poetry while his brothers and sisters chase bugs and learn to fly. Calvin is happiest in the library. “His books took him to places wings never could. And his heart fluttered with excitement.” When autumn arrives, all the starlings prepare to go south–except Calvin. The flock takes off without him, but his brothers and sisters come to his aid. They tie strings around his waist and take off, towing Calvin along with them. He is excited as he sees the things he's read about, but soon he senses that they are heading into a hurricane. The starlings don't know what a hurricane is but heed his warning and take refuge in a cave. They are safe as the storm roars by. During the celebration that follows, Calvin hops and flaps in jubilation and realizes that he does know how to fly. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix (Graham Salisbury) - Stella from Texas is now officially a member of the Coconut household. As if getting a bossy babysitter isn’t bad enough for Calvin, Stella teases him mercilessly. What’s a nine-year-old boy to do? Calvin decides to “fix” her, and he dumps his neighbor’s cat Zippy on Stella’s bed, knowing she’s allergic. But when Stella breaks out in hives and misses her first big date, Calvin realizes his “zippy fix” went too far. He’s got to make it up to her, and decides to give her a birthday present. But he has no money. Along with the help of his loyal friends and little sister, Darci, Calvin works hard, and comes up with enough cash to give Stella the best birthday gift ever. This book is part of a Calvin Coconut series which also includes Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey; Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath; Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii; Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven; Calvin Coconut: Man Trip; and Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Calvin Coolidge (Robin S. Doak) - A biography of the thirtieth president of the United States, discussing his personal life, education, and political career. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Calvin Klein: Fashion Design Superstar (Diane Dakers) - Calvin Klein, a boy from the Bronx, took his first clothing line of three dresses and six coats to an appointment at Bonwit Teller, New York's department store for the wealthy. Before long, he had designed a line of jeans that sold 200,000 in a week, and he was called the 'King of Clothes' by "People" magazine. Along the way, he became known throughout the world for the beauty of his elegantly uncluttered clothing. In partnership with childhood friend Bernie Schwartz, he built an empire around his ideas that came to include fragrances, cosmetics, underwear, and home decor. Today his clothes are recognized as classics, and his style represents the best in design. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    John Calvin (Simonetta Carr) - In this attractive volume, Simonetta Carr introduces young readers to the life, thought, and work of one of the most famous Reformers of the Christian church. She tells about the life of John Calvin from his birth to his death, placing him within the troubled context of the sixteenth century. She also introduces Calvin’s writings in a way that children will desire to know more about his ministry and influence. Readers will come to know Calvin s personality, his devotion to God and the church, and the personal challenges he faced. They will understand the struggles the early Reformed church faced at that time, not only surviving attacks of the Roman Catholic Church, but also achieving a clear identity and a unified doctrine. They will also have a glimpse of life in sixteenth-century Europe, stricken by pestilence, poverty, and wars. Simply written, and full of interesting facts, this book makes a great gift for children of this rich Reformed heritage. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Where Does Electricity Come From? The Clever Calvin Series (C. Vance Cast) - Clever Calvin explains how electricity works, and how it gets to our homes. Also in the Clever Calvin series are Where Does Water Come From? And Where Does Oil Come From? Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Calvin

    Famous People Named Calvin

    Famous People Named Calvin - Calvin Coolidge (U.S. President); Calvin Klein (fashion designer); Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr. (baseball player); Calvin Broadus (rapper known as Snoop Dogg); Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes comic strip); Calvin Abrams (baseball player); Calvin Cheng (fashion mogul); Calvin Hill (football player); Calvin Johnson (football player); Calvin Murphy (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Calvin

    Children of Famous People Named Calvin

    Famous People who Named their Son Calvin - Calvin Coolidge (U.S. President); Michael Madsen (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Calvin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (4 Jul 1872 - 5 Jan 1933) - Born on Independence Day 1872 in Vermont, Calvin Coolidge’s family had deep roots in New England dating back to the time of early colonial settlements. In fact, his great-great-grandfather was an American military officer in the Revolutionary War. Calvin Coolidge became a country lawyer in Vermont and joined the Republican Party (dominant in New England during his time). After becoming involved in politics, Coolidge went to Massachusetts and diligently worked his way up the political ladder until he became Governor. After gaining national political capital stemming from the 1919 Boston Police Strike (during which time he held fast against the strikers whom he referred to as “deserters” and “traitors), Coolidge would gain the candidacy for Vice President on the 1920 Republican ticket with Warren Harding. In 1923, Coolidge would assume the presidency after the sudden death of Harding and was again elected in his own right in 1924. His presidency was marked by his laissez-faire approach, a small-government proponent and a man of few words. As a Coolidge biographer put it, "He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength." This reduction of government would not be revisited in any significant way until Ronald Reagan.

Personality of the Boy Name Calvin

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Calvin

  • No Variations Found.
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