US Popularity:2007
Other Origin(s):Gaelic, British
Meaning:Narrow water; Unit of absolute temperature scale
Kelvin is a river name that gained popularity as a masculine given name thanks to William Thomson, 1st Baron of Kelvin. William Thomson, a.k.a Lord Kelvin, was a Scottish mathematician, mathematical physicist, and engineer who received a baronage named after the River Kelvin. This river flows through Glasgow in Scotland, with theories suggesting "narrow water" to be its meaning from the Gaelic caol abhainn. The unit of temperature kelvin is named for him, after he correctly determined the exact value of the lower limit of the thermodynamic temperature scale.

Kelvin Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Kelvin is currently #1111 on The Bump
Boy:Kelvin is currently #612 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Kelvin is currently #2007 in U.S. births
Boy:Kelvin is currently #964 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 55
from 2022
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