Calvin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Calvin

Calvin

Pronunciation: KAL-vin (key)

Origin of the name Calvin:

From the French surname Cauvin, a derivative of the Latin calvinus (little bald one), which has its root in calvus (bald). The name was originally bestowed in honor of French Protestant reformer John Calvin (1509-64). Var: Kalvin. Short: Cal, Kal.

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Calvins are so cool, they can't help it. Their names are Calvin!

Calvin is a friendly, playful, familiar, yet not often used name. Not trendy sounding.

The Calvin I know is mischievous, but full of life and fun. He is very friendly and imaginative, and a natural in social situations.

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Heard of a girl named Calvyn Ellyn...

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Vinnie/Vinny
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Meanings and history of the name Calvin: | Edit

KALVIN/CALVIN

(KAL/CAL) actually originate from the Sumerian language from ancient Mesopotamia and means "highly esteemed or valued" or "precious" and (VIN) or (YEN) originates from the Dravidian Ugor-Finn language from the same period and means "sky, high, chief god"

kal-(l): v., to esteem, value; to be rare; to make dear, endear; to be appreciated.

http://www.sumerian.org/sumcvc.htm

(VIN)

Sky, High, chief god
( *SANKE > YEN>-ANK>-�G , -AN-)

In both Sumerian and FinnUgor the original sky god often delegates to the air god various tasks of creation and in many examples we see that the air/weather god replaces the old sky god in importance over time, substituting his original name for the generic word for god at times.

3)Dravidian _an=upper part, an-ar=ascend, vin=sky

http://users.cwnet.com/millenia/FUgods.htm

Sumerian is older than the standard French 'chauvin' This supports the earliest known use of the components that arrive at the given name. The standard French 'chauvin' therefore is incorrect in that it is a more recent compound.

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Famous real-life people named Calvin: | Edit

Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States
Calvin Klein, American fashion designer
Calvin Johnson, American football player
Calvin "Cal" Ripken, American baseball player
Cal Worthington & his dog spot...

Calvin in song, story & screen: | Edit

Calvin is an imaginative and mischevious young boy in Bill Waterson's seminal comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.
Calvin O'Keefe is a recurring character in Madeline L'Engle's novels.

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