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Meaning and Name Origin

Marvin \m(a)-rvin, mar-vin\ as a boys' name is pronounced MAR-ven. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Marvin is "sea friend". Variant of Mervin. Some derive this name from Myrddin, the Welsh name of King Arthur's wizardly tutor (known in English as Merlin). That name means "sea fortress". Also possibly a blend of Marcel and Edwin. Actor Lee Marvin; songwriter Marvin Hamlisch; singer Marvin Gaye; football player Marvin Harrison.


Marvin has 11 variants: Marve, Marven, Marvyn, Marwin, Marwynn, Mervin, Mervyn, Merwin, Merwyn, Murvin and Murvynn.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Darvin and Marvell.

Marvin has 35 more related variations via Edwin, Marcel, Merlin, Mervin: Eadwinn, Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edlin, Eduino, Edvin, Edwyn, Marceau, Marcelin, Marcell, Marcellin, Marcellino, Marcello, Marcellus, Marcelo, Marcely, Marciano, Marlin, Marlon, Merle, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn, Merlynn, Merven, Mervynn, Merwinn, Murvyn, Ned, Neddie, Neddy, Ted, Teddie and Teddy.

Marvin has 1 feminine form: Marvina.


Marvin is a very popular first name for males (#115 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2873 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Marvin for boys. Marvin reached its highest rank of #48 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #492 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Marvin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Marvin outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marvin and affiliated names. Prominent alternative forms of Marvin (#492 in 2014) are Edwin (#297 in 2014), Eddie (#590), Marcelo (#741), Marlon (#747), Marcel (#853), Mervin, Mervyn, Ned, Teddy, Ted, Merlyn, Merle, Edvin, Marcellus, Marlin, Ed, Eddy and Merlin. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and have become much less popular since, with versions like Eddie, Edwin, Marlon, Marvin and Merlyn becoming somewhat dated. Marcelo (#741) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ed, Eddie, Eddy, Edwin, Marcel, Marcellus, Marcelo, Marlin, Marlon, Marvin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Merle, Merlin, Merlyn, Mervin, Mervyn, Ned, Ted, Teddy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eddie, Edvin, Teddy outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marvin is alike in pronunciation to Morven and Morvyn. Other recommended similar baby names are Earvin, Garvin, Malvin, Martin and Morfin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marvin.