Meaning and Name Origin
Melvin \m(e)-lvin, mel-vin\ 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.
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 (#1472 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Melvin for boys. Melvin reached its apex rank of #50 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #672 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Melvin and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Melvin (#672 a year ago) are Mel, Melville and Melvyn. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1940-1949 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Mel, Melville, Melvin and Melvyn becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)