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Meaning and name origin

Marvin \m(a)-rvin, mar-vin\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Marve, Marven, Marvyn, Marwin, Marwynn, Mervin, Mervyn, Merwin, Merwyn, Murvin and Murvynn.

For more information, see also related boy names Darvin and Marvell.

There is 1 feminine form of Marvin: Marvina.


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

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Marvin for boys. Marvin reached its highest rank of #48 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Marvin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Edwin (#297), Marvin (#492), Marcel (#853), Mervyn, Merlin and Mervin. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Edwin, Marcel, Marvin, Merlin, Mervin, Mervyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Edwin, Marcel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Marvin is also pronounced similarly to Merven, Morven, Morvyn and Murvyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Earvin, Garvin, Malvin, Marlin, Martin and Morfin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Marvin.