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What does Melville mean?

Melville Pronunciation of Melville as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Melville is "bad settlement". Surname adopted by those fleeing to Scotland from a poorly placed settlement in northern France. Use as a personal name may be due to the fame of novelist Herman Melville (19th century), author of Moby Dick.



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How popular is Melville?

Melville is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#7449 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Melville reached its peak position of #577 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent alternative form of Melville appearing in the Top 2000 is Melvin (#720 VIA LATEST LIST). These relations of Melville were at the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (MEDIAN #503) and have become significantly less popular since (#1360, 95%), with forms such as Melvin becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Achille, Bealle, Bernelle (see Burnell), Bille, Carville, Colvile, Colvill (see Colville), Colville, Cyrille, Derelle, Flavelle, Gaille, Gentile, Glanville, Glenville, Granville, Grenville, Greville, Jaquille, Jerelle, Kelle, Levelle, Malique, Malkiel, Malvin, Malvinn (see Malvin), Mandeville, Manvile (see Manville), Manvill (see Manville), Manville, Marvell, Maxwelle, Mcneill, Medvin, Meilyr, Melicio, Meliseo, Melkior, Mellan, Mellen, Mellin, Mellon, Melvyn, Melwin, Mendell, Meril, Merill, Merle, Merrell, Merril, Merrill, Mervin, Millen, Miller, Mills, Miltie, Morrill, Nealle, Neile, Neille, Nevile, Nevill, Neville, Nevyle (see Neville), Norville, Norvylle, Orvelle, Orville, Pealle, Sackville, Savile, Saville, Shakille, Somerville and Terrelle. These names tend to be more commonly used than Melville.

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