Origin of the name Calvin:

From the French surname Cauvin, a derivative of the Latin calvinus (little bald one), which has its root in calvus (bald). The name was originally bestowed in honor of French Protestant reformer John Calvin (1509-64). Var: Kalvin. Short: Cal, Kal.

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(KAL/CAL) actually originated from the Sumerian language from ancient Mesopotamia and means "highly esteemed or valued" or "precious" and (VIN) or (YEN) originates from the Dravidian Ugor-Finn language from the same period and means "sky, high, chief god"

kal-(l): v., to esteem, value; to be rare; to make dear, endear; to be appreciated.



Sky, High, chief god( *SANKE > YEN>-ANK>-�G , -AN-)

In both Sumerian and FinnUgor the original sky god often delegates to the air god various tasks of creation and in many examples we see that the air/weather god replaces the old sky god in importance over time, substituting his original name for the generic word for god at times.

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3)Dravidian _an=upper part, an-ar=ascend, vin=sky


Sumerian is older than the standard French "chauvin" This supports the earliest known use of the components that arrive at the given name. The standard French "chauvin" therefore is incorrect in that it is a more recent compound.

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Famous real-life people named Calvin

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Calvin in song, story & screen

Calvin is an imaginative and mischevious young boy in Bill Waterson"s seminal comic strip Calvin & Hobbes.Calvin O"Keefe is a recurring character in Madeline L"Engle"s novels.Calvin Rankin, a character from the X-Men comics