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Boy Name: Kelvin

Name: Kelvin
Pronunciation: \k(e)-lvin, kel-vin\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: friend of ships
Origin: English
Related Names: Kalvin
Sounds Like: Calvin, Galvin, Kalvyn
Variant forms: Kellven, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvon, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Kelwinn, Kelwyn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 358


Kelvin \k(e)-lvin, kel-vin\ as a boy's name is pronounced KEL-vin. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Kelvin is "friend of ships". Also possibly a place name referring to a river.

Kelvin has 8 variant forms: Kellven, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvon, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Kelwinn and Kelwyn.

For more information, see also the related name Kalvin.

Baby names that sound like Kelvin are Calvin, Galvin and Kalvyn.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Kelvin.


Kelvin is a very popular first name for men (#358 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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