Calvin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Calvin | Boys
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.
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(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.
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
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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Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States
Calvin Klein, American fashion designer
Calvin Johnson, American football player
Calvin "Cal" Ripken, American baseball player
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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.
Global Popularity of the Name Calvin
- #113 in Scotland
- #183 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #228 in United States
- #300 in Canada (Alberta)
- #358 in Canada (Quebec)