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Quick Facts on Kelvin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 611
Simple meaning:
Narrow waters

Characteristics of Kelvin

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Kelvin

Kelvin is a modern 20th century coinage, a name taken from a river located in Scotland which flows for a mere 22 miles southwest from the hills of Central Scotland to the River Clyde in Glasgow. Just as the masculine given name Clyde originated from a Scottish river, so too did Kelvin (although Kelvin is much more modern in terms of usage). A famous quasi-bearer of this name is Lord Kelvin (aka William Thompson, 1824-1907). He took his title of Lord Kelvin in honor of the river which flowed past the University of Glasgow where he worked as a professor and made great strides in the laws of thermodynamics (the kelvin scale is named after him). When and how the Kelvin River was named is unclear, and the etymology of the word is also uncertain. Some sources claim Kelvin means “narrow waters” while others assert it translates to “ship of friends” or “river man”. Kelvin was converted into a masculine given name in Scotland and Northern England sometime around the 1930s and eventually spread to the United States in the 1950s where is was quickly adopted by African-Americans. Kelvin may also have been influenced by the marriage of names like Kevin and Melvin, or else a slight variation of Calvin.

Popularity of the Name Kelvin

Kelvin first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1950. That year it landed on the charts at an impressive position of #574 (usually new names limp onto the charts starting with positions in the 900s). We assumed there must be some pop-culture influence at work, but despite exhaustive research we were unable to uncover anything. Usage of Kelvin continued to grow before hitting its highest position the charts in 1965 (#207) when the name was bestowed on nearly 1,200 baby boys. Since the latter half of the 1960s, Kelvin has been experiencing a slow and steady decline. Today the name is only moderately bestowed at best and it continues to drop on the charts, given to around 450 boys last year. Kelvin is definitely Scottish in origin, but it has also been closely connected to Black Americans who seem to show particular favor for this off-beat name. Kelvin may not necessarily be a “hot” choice by today’s naming standards, but it is the name of a temperature scale (thanks to Lord Kelvin).
Popularity of the Boy Name Kelvin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kelvin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Kelvin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kelvin

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

  • Popular Songs on Kelvin

    Popular Songs on Kelvin

    Kelvin - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Kelvin.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Kelvin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Kelvin

    Kelvin - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Kelvin.

  • Famous People Named Kelvin

    Famous People Named Kelvin

    Famous People Named Kelvin - Kelvin Bryant (football player); Kelvin Cato (basketball player); Kelvin Chapman (baseball player); Kelvin Davis (soccer player); Kelvin Hayden (football player); Kelvin Martin (notorious criminal); Kelvin Mercer (musician); Kelvin Norman (soccer player); Kelvin Pritchett (football player); Kelvin Upshaw (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Kelvin

    Children of Famous People Named Kelvin

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

Personality of the Boy Name Kelvin

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Kelvin

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