Origin:British
Popularity:1900
Meaning:friend of ships; river
Kelvin is a boy’s name that originally derives from William Thomson, 1st Baron of Kelvin, who received a baronage named after the River of Kelvin. This river flows through Glasgow in Scotland, and consequentially Kelvin means “river” or “friend of ships.” William Thomson was a British mathematician, mathematical physicist, and engineer. 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.

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