What does Calvin mean?

Definitions for Calvin
ˈkæl vɪncalvin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Calvin, Melvin Calvinnoun

    United States chemist noted for discovering the series of chemical reactions in photosynthesis (1911-)

  2. Calvin, John Calvin, Jean Cauvin, Jean Caulvin, Jean Chauvinnoun

    Swiss theologian (born in France) whose tenets (predestination and the irresistibility of grace and justification by faith) defined Presbyterianism (1509-1564)


  1. Calvinnoun

    a surname of French and Spanish origin, meaning a bald person

  2. Calvinnoun

    John Calvin, French Protestant theologian

  3. Calvinnoun

    a male given name derived from the surname; used especially by nonconformist families


  1. calvin

    Calvin is a given name derived from the French surname "Chauvin", which means "bald". The name is most commonly associated with John Calvin, a significant and influential 16th Century theologian who played a major role in Protestant Reformation, leading to a branch of Protestant Christianity known as Calvinism. Calvin can also refer to Calvin and Hobbes, a popular comic strip by Bill Watterson. Additionally, it might refer to Calvin Klein, a prominent fashion designer and brand. The name's interpretation can vary depending on the social, cultural, or religious context.


  1. Calvin

    Calvin is a fictional character, and is the protagonist of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Calvin demonstrates a level of wisdom, vocabulary and humor unusual for a six year-old boy. However, in many ways he is typical for his age: he absolutely hates baths, and fears and hates his babysitter, refuses to go to school, frequently disobeys his parents, and is lazy and selfish. Calvin is also a Creator Curator, and frequently loses himself in various fantastical worlds of his own imagining. On the rare occasions on which he applies himself, Calvin's projects in school are very well received, to his confusion or indifference. He shows relatively minor interest or success in interacting with any "real" characters, choosing instead to spend the majority of his time with Hobbes, with whom he frequently embarks on imaginary adventures, debates philosophical issues, plots various pranks against girls, and fights. Calvin appeared in almost every Calvin and Hobbes strip printed and published.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Calvin is ranked #3763 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Calvin surname appeared 9,412 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Calvin.

    51.8% or 4,877 total occurrences were White.
    39.8% or 3,747 total occurrences were Black.
    3.5% or 338 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.7% or 257 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 112 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 81 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Calvin in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Calvin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Calvin in a Sentence

  1. Steve Deace:

    He has really been raised on this, and it seems to me that he was raised for this time. People think he might be Ronald Reagan, I think (Cruz) is going to be Calvin Coolidge. what I like about his candidacy the most is, he didn't use his achievements as the basis for why we owe him something.

  2. Bill Watterson:

    Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous - Calvin

  3. Bill Watterson:

    Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads. I pragmatically turn my whims into principles - Calvin

  4. Raphael Warnock:

    Calvin Butts taught me so many things, calvin Butts taught me how to take my ministry to the streets. The work of the Lord doesn't stop at the church door. That's where it starts. His pulpit was the public square.

  5. Bill Watterson:

    My life needs a rewinderase button. - Calvin

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