Meaning and name origin
Melvin \m(e)-lvin, mel-vin\ as a boy's 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 or last name for all people (#1472 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Melvin for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Melvin and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Melvin (#672), Melvyn, Melville and Mel. (2014 statistics).