Kelvin (given name)

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Kelvin is a masculine given name, ultimately derived from the title of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who received a baronage named for the River Kelvin (the river flowing past the University of Glasgow) in 1892. Isolated use of "Kelvin" as a given name is recorded in England in the 1920s,[1] and the name rises in popularity in the United State around 1950, according to the authors of the Oxford Dictionary of First Names possibly by association with the similar-sounding Kevin, which surged in popularity at about the same time, and maybe further influenced by Calvin and Melvin.[1] In the United States the name peaked in popularity at rank 209 in 1961 and has declined steadily since, dropping to rank 726 as of 2016.[2]

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  1. ^ a b A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press (2007) s.v. "Kelvin".
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