How did Alvin and the Chipmunks get their name?

Alvin and the Chipmunks was originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply The Chipmunks. The group consists of three singing animated anthropomorphic chipmunks: Alvin, the mischievous troublemaker, who quickly became the star of the group; Simon, the tall, bespectacled intellectual; and Theodore, the chubby, impressionable one. The trio is managed by their human adoptive father, David (Dave) Seville. In reality, "David Seville" was Bagdasarian's stage name, and the Chipmunks themselves are named after the executives of their original record label.

In 1983, the group's name changed to "Alvin and the Chipmunks".