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English nameKelvin
Gaelic nameCeilbhinn

Location and type of place name

Local authorityGlasgow City ~ Baile Ghlaschu
Parish post 1891
County post 1891City of Glasgow ~ Baile Ghlaschu
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townGlasgow
Postcode areaG51
OS sheet number
OS grid referenceNS556659
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Further Information

Language notes 
water of Kelvin 1588 Charters and Documents, i, p.2, 96
mill on Kelvin 1595-6 Charters and Documents, i, p. 2, 114
Kelvinghauch, water of Kelving 1591-2 Protocols of the town Clerks Glasgow, 3315
Kelvin 1641 Acts of the Parliament of Scotland [1641/8/390]
water of Kelving 1661 Acts of the Parliament of Scotland [1661/1/288]
Kelvin, apud Kelvin, Kelvine x3 1666 Charters and Documents, cxxxvi
water of Kelving 1666 Charters and Documents, cxxxvii

The name Kelvin is almost certainly of British origin, although its precise derivation remains obscure. Some etymologies suggest the final -in represents abhainn but this does not fit the old forms, the current pronunciation or the expected syntax. The forms ending –ing could well suggest a termination representing Gaelic –inn.
Additional infoKelvin Harbour Berthing Facilities ~ Laimrig Cala Cheilbhinn
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