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What does Melvin mean?

Melvin Pronunciation of Melvin [melvin] as a boys' name is pronounced MEL-vin. Possibly masculine form of Malvina (Gaelic) "smooth brow"; (Irish, Gaelic) "polished chief"; (Old English) "sword friend"; or a variant of Melville.

Associated with: chief (leader), old, sword (warrior), friend.


Melvin has 10 variants: Malvin, Malvyn, Malvynn, Mel, Melvon, Melvyn, Melwin, Melwyn, Melwynn and Vinnie.

Creative forms:
(male) Melkin, Milvin, ..

(female) Meljan, Melmi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Melvin Yandel (M.Y.), ..

How popular is Melvin?

Melvin is a very popular first name for males (#124 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1679 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Melvin reached its apex rank of #49 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #692 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Melvin (#692 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000 are Malvin, Mel, Melville and Melvyn. These relations of Melvin were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 (adoption of 0.4%) and have become significantly less conventional since, with versions such as Melvin becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melvin, Malvin, Mel, Melville, Melvyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Melvin is alike in pronunciation to Malvinn. Other suggested similar names are Alvin, Bevin, Bevvin, Calvin, Delfin, Delvin, Delvon, Delwin, Dervin, Devin, Elvin, Feltin (see Felton), Galvin, Jeavin, Jevin, Jevvin (see Jevon), Kalvin, Kellin, Keltin, Kelvan, Kelven, Kelvin, Kelvis, Kelvon, Kelvyn, Kelwin, Kervin, Kevin, Levin, Malin, Mallin, Marvin, Medvin, Medwin, Meldan, Melden, Meldon, Mellan, Mellen, Mellin, Mellon, Merlin, Merven, Mervin, Mervyn, Merwin, Miltin (see Milton), Murvin, Nevin, Selwin and Tevin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Melvin.