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Gender: M Meaning of Calvin: "bald, hairless" Origin of Calvin: Latin Calvin's Popularity in 2013: #195

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Calvin is a slightly quirky but cozy name that has a fashion edge thanks to Calvin Klein. It has been steadily on the popularity list since records were kept, never lower than Number 250, peaking in the 1920s, the era of the Calvin (originally John Calvin ) Coolidge presidency.

The name came into use as a first name in honor of John Calvin--born Jehan Cauvin-- the seventeenth century French Protestant reformer whose strict doctrines became the basis of Calvinism, and the name was taken up as a tribute to him.

Other associations include the above-mentioned Calvin Klein (and his famous 'Calvins' ads), humorous writer Calvin Trillin, the comic strip "Calvin & Hobbes" --and it's also the birth name of Snoop Dog. Calvin O'Keefe is the main character in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

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Famous People Named Calvin

Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States
Calvin Klein, American fashion designer
Calvin Johnson, American football player
Calvin "Cal" Ripken, American baseball player
Calvin Johnson, American football player
Calvin Alan Byrd, American rapper
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, American rapper (SNOOP LION)
Calvin Harris, Scottish DJ
Melvin Calvin, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the Name Calvin

Calvin of the cartoon strip "Calvin and Hobbes" by Bill Watterson.
Calvin O'Keefe, main character in "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
Calvin Weir-Fields, character in the movie "Ruby Sparks"
Calvin Fuller, from movie "A Kid in King Arthur's Court"
Calvin Dobbs, character from TV series 227

Cal, Kal, Kalvin, Vin, Vinnie

Calvin's International Variations

Calvino (Italian)