Gender: Male Meaning of Alvin: "noble friend, friend of the elves" Origin of Alvin: English Alvin's Popularity in 2018: #654

The name Alvin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "noble friend, friend of the elves". Alvin is ranked #654 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Friend or Friendly and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

Alvin has a sturdy, no-frills sound that belies its somewhat whimsical meaning. Interesting potential namesakes include British rocker Alvin Stardust, and US footballer Alvin Williams, and African-American dance legend (and activist) Alvin Ailey.

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Alvin is #696 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Alvin

Pop Culture References for the name Alvin

Alvy, Al, Alvie, Alv, Alvyn, Alven, Alvan, Alvis

Alvin's International Variations

Aluino (Spanish) Alwin (German) Aluin, Aloin (French) Alvino (Italian)


headintheclouds Says:


The association with the Chipmunks is too strong for me. I actually don't think of them in relation to Simon and Theodore, but my mind just can't move past squeaky-voiced animated chipmunk Alvin with this one!

Mona Says:


I think that would be cute.
And if you didn't want them to be teased, you could always call them Al, Teddy and Si...

DearestJules Says:


Might as well name your other sons Theodore and Simon.