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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.

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

Marvin has 1 feminine form: Marvina.

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

(female) Marvinie, Marvinne, ..

How popular is Marvin?

Marvin is a very prominent first name for men (#115 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3174 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Marvin for boys. Marvin reached its peak position of #50 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #550. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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. Below is a charted analysis of the ranking of Marvin and corresponding names. Edwin (#311 from current records), Marcel (#773), Merwyn, Merwin, Merlin, Mervin and Mervyn are the popular variation forms of Marvin (#550 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Marvin was widespread during 1920-1929 (median #689) and has become significantly diminished since (#1454, down 86%), with forms like Mervin falling out of fashion. Marcel is the most contemporarily stylish boy name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marvin, Edwin, Marcel, Merlin, Mervin in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

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