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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Kelvin is a masculine given name that originates from William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, who received a baronage named after the River Kelvin in Scotland. The name has multiple meanings, including "friend of ships" and "river". In Celtic and Gaelic baby names, Kelvin means "from the narrow river". The name Kelvin gained popularity in the 20th century, with its peak in the early 1960s. It was most likely influenced by the popularity of similar names like Kevin, Calvin, and Melvin. The name Kelvin is also associated with the renowned British physicist William Thomson, who chose the honorary title Kelvin when he was ennobled by Queen Victoria in 1892. The unit of absolute temperature, kelvin (K), is named in his honor.

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