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Gender: Male Meaning of Calvin: "bald, hairless" Origin of Calvin: Latin Calvin's Popularity in 2017: #145

The name Calvin is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "bald, hairless". Calvin is ranked #145 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- BOYS".

From the experts:

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 one of the main characters in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

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Famous People Named Calvin

(John) Calvin Coolidge, 30th U.S. president
Calvin Richard Klein, American fashion designer
Calvin Johnson, American football player
Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, American baseball player
Calvin Alan Byrd aka 40 Cal, American rapper
Calvin Cordozar Broadus aka Snoop Dogg, American rapper
Calvin Harris (born Adam Richard Wiles), Scottish DJ
John Calvin, reformer
Calvin Mahan, youngest son of Brooke Mahan, co-host on YouTube channel "whatsupmoms"
Calvin Lee Vail aka Leafyishere, American YouTuber
Calvin Eugene Thile (b. 2015), son of American actress Claire Coffee
Calvin Scott Mecham (b. 2015), son of American family vloggers Ellie & Jared
Calvin Jaeger (b. 2016), son of actors Sam and Amber Jaeger

Pop Culture References for the name Calvin

"Calvin and Hobbes," comic strip 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, character in movie "A Kid in King Arthur's Court"
Calvin Dobbs, character on TV's "227"
Calvin Candie, main antagonist from 2012 movie "Django Unchained"
Calvin, Vanessa's father on "My Wife and Kids"
Calvin, alien antagonist in 2017 film "Life"
Calvin Fischoeder, side character in the show "Bob's Burgers"

Cal, Kal, Kalvin, Vin, Vinnie

Calvin's International Variations

Calvino (Italian)