Melvin - Meaning of Melvin
[ 2 syll. mel-vin, me-lv-in ] The baby boy name Melvin is pronounced as MEHLVihN †. Melvin is used chiefly in the English, French, and German languages, and it is derived from Old French and Old English origins. Old English origin, English use: The first name is derived from a Scottish surname of uncertain origin; it could be derived partly from the Old English 'wine'. The given name was first used by English speakers in the late 19th century.
In addition, Melvin is a variant of the name Melville (English and Scottish) in the English, French, and German languages.
The name Melvina (English) is the female form of Melvin.
The name Melvin is widely used; it has 30 variants. Variants include Belvin, Maelwine, Malvin, Malvyn, Malvynn, Mell, Melvan, Melven, Melvenn, Melvenne, Melvine, Melvinn, Melvinne, Melvino, Melvon, Melvun, Melvynn, Melvynne, Melwen, Melwenn, Melwenne, Melwin, Melwine, Melwinn, Melwinne, Melwyn, Melwynn, and Melwynne. The short form Mel, and the variant spelling Melvyn are other English forms.
Variant forms share both the origin and meaning of Melvin.
See also the related form, Telvin.
Melvin is a classic favorite. At present it is still a somewhat popular baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use previously. At the modest height of its usage in 1928, 0.373% of baby boys were given the name Melvin. It ranked at #48 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep fall in popularity, and is of occasional use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.017% and its ranking #720, but it was nonetheless the most popular within all boy names in its group. The name Melvin has been mostly given to baby boys, though it has also been used as a girl name in the past century. In 1928, the name Melvin was given to 73 times as many baby boys than girls.
Baby names that sound like Melvin include Melvyn, Melvynn, Melvynne, Malvin, Malvyn, Malvynn, Melvenn, Melvenne, Melvine, Melvun, Malbin, Melvino, Melvinn, and Melvinne.
† Pronunciation for Melvin: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Melvin is Comedian Mel Brooks, born Melvin Kaminsky, 28 June 1926, Brooklyn, New York.