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What does Mervyn mean?

Mervyn Pronunciation of Mervyn [mervyn] as a name for boys is a Welsh and Old Welsh name, and the name Mervyn means "sea friend". Mervyn is an alternate spelling of Marvin (Welsh): transcription of Mervin. See also Merlin.

Associated with: sea, friend.


Mervyn has 7 variants: Marven, Marvyn, Merven, Mervynn, Murvin, Murvyn and Murvynn.

6 more different relations via Marvin, Mervin: Marve, Marwin, Marwynn, Merwin, Merwinn and Merwyn.

Creative forms:
(male) Venvyn, ..

(female) Meran, Mermen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mervyn Dovid (M.D.), ..

How popular is Mervyn?

Mervyn is an uncommon given name for males but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#103706 out of 150436, Top 69%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Mervyn was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #955 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Marvin (#550 from recent data), Merlin, Mervin, Merwin and Merwyn are the prominent variation forms of Mervyn. Other forms, like Marwynn, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Mervyn was more pronounced among parents during the years 1930-1939 (average #694) and has become much less since (#1758, 93.9% less usage), with forms such as Marvin becoming less fashionable.

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

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

Similar Names

Mervyn is pronounced similarly to Morven and Morvyn. Other recommended names are Aeryn, Arvyn, Berlyn, Berwyn, Dervin, Dervon, Derwyn, Devyn, Ervyn, Garvyn, Irvyn, Jermyn, Jevvyn, Kelvyn, Kervin, Kervyn, Kerwyn, Kevyn, Malvyn (see Malvin), Mardyn (see Marden), Martyn, Medvin, Medwyn, Melvin, Melvon, Melvyn, Melwyn, Merlen, Merlyn, Merlynn, Merton, Meryl, Morfin, Morfyn, Norvyn, Perkyn, Terryn, Teryn, Tevyn and Verlyn. These names tend to be more frequently used than Mervyn.

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