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What does Marvin mean?

Marvin Pronunciation of Marvin [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.

Associated with: sea, friend, king.


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

Affiliated boy names: Darvin and Marvell.

12 more relations via Edwin, Marcel, Merlin, Mervin: Edvin, Marcelin, Marciano, Marlin, Marlon, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn, Merven, Mervynn, Merwinn and Murvyn.

1 feminine form: Marvina.

Creative forms:
(male) Manvin, Maxvin, ..

(female) Marmi, Marri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Marvin Bodie (M.B.), ..

How popular is Marvin?

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 (#3174 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Marvin reached its highest rank of #50 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is at #550 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marvin name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Marvin (#550 in recent rankings) listed in the Top 2000 are Edwin (#311 in recent rankings), Marcel (#773), Marlon (#817), Marlin (#1852), Mervyn, Merwin, Merwyn, Mervin, Merlin, Darvin, Edvin and Merlyn. Other forms, like Merwinn, are uncommon. These forms of Marvin reached the height of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 (average #926) and have become much less common since (#1561, 84% less usage), with versions like Marlin becoming somewhat dated. Marcel is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marvin, Darvin, Edwin, Marcel, Marlin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlon, Merlin, Merlyn, Mervin, Mervyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Merwin, Merwyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Marvin is alike in pronunciation to Morven and Morvyn. Other recommended names are Carmin, Carvil, Darin, Darrin, Darwin, Dervin, Ervin, Farin, Farrin, Galvin, Garin, Garmin, Garrin, Garvan, Garven, Garvie, Garvyn, Garwin, Gavin, Girvin, Hardin, Harkin, Harlin, Harvie, Havin, Irvin, Jarin, Jarrin, Jarvis, Kalvin, Karlin, Kervin, Larin, Larkin, Larrin, Machin, Mallin, Malvin, Malvinn (see Malvin), Malvyn (see Malvin), Marcio, Marden, Mardon, Mardyn (see Marden), Marino, Mario, Marion, Marlan, Marlen, Marlinn (see Marlon), Marmion, Marten, Marti, Martie, Martijn, Martin, Martino, Marvel, Maslin, Maurin, Medvin, Melvin, Morfinn (see Morven), Morfyn, Norvin, Orvin, Parkin, Parviz, Rayvin, Tarin, Tarrin, Tavin and Warrin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Marvin.

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