Marvin

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252k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Marvin

"Marvin" is a name of English origin, and it means "Great lord". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Welsh Merfyn (“Mervyn”), probably from mer (“marrow”) + myn (“eminent”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.
  3. A village in North Carolina.
  4. A town in South Dakota.

Marvin was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Marvin

Marvin Gaye was a singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and composer. He holds the title I Heard It through the Grapevine", Let's Get It On", and Sexual Healing". Marvin was given the name Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. by his parents Marvin Gay, Sr., and Alberta Gay on April 2nd, 1939 in Washington, D.C., U.S. He passed away on April 1st, 1984.

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Meat Loaf is a musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to present. Meat was given the name Marvin Lee Aday on September 27th, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, U.S. Meat is also known as Michael Lee Aday.

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Marvin was given the name Marvin John Heemeyer on October 28th, 1951. He died on June 4th, 2004.

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Marvin Minsky was a scientist in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. Marvin was given the name Marvin Lee Minsky on August 9th, 1927 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 24th, 2016.

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Jack Nance was an actor. He was most active from 1970 to 1996. Jack was given the name Marvin John Nance on December 21st, 1943 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Jack is also known as Jack Nance and John Nance. He died on December 30th, 1996.

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Marvin Harrison is a football player. Marvin was born on August 25th, 1972 in Philadelphia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Marvin

Lee Marvin was an actor. He was most prominent from 1950 to 1986. Lee was born on February 19th, 1924 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 29th, 1987.

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Hank Marvin is a rock music, instrumental rock, rock, roll, and gypsy jazz musician. He plays Banjo, guitar, vocals, piano, Fender Stratocaster, and Burns London. He has had major accomplishments since 1956. Hank was given the name Brian Robson Rankin on October 28th, 1941 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

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Michelle Triola Marvin was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 1958. Michelle was given the name Michelle Triola on November 13th, 1932 in Los Angeles. She breathed her last breath on October 30th, 2009.

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Junior Marvin is a reggae, rock music, rhythm, and blues singing, songwriter, author, poet, and artist. He plays Guitar. He has had major accomplishments since 1969. Junior was given the name Donald Hanson Marvin Kerr Richards Jr . Junior is also known as Junior Hanson and Junior Kerr.

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Ricky was born on January 8th, 1980 in Veracruz (city). Ricky is also known as White Demon; Mushiking Joker; Black Emperor; Bengala.

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Gisele Marvin is a hockey player for the Boston Pride in the National Women's Hockey League (2015–). She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Gisele was born on March 7th, 1987 in Warroad, Minnesota.

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How popular is the baby name Marvin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 69 0 69
1881 57 0 57
1882 64 0 64
1883 71 0 71
1884 73 0 73
1885 65 0 65
1886 90 0 90
1887 70 0 70
1888 90 0 90
1889 77 0 77
1890 99 0 99
1891 93 0 93
1892 88 0 88
1893 102 0 102
1894 92 0 92
1895 107 0 107
1896 93 0 93
1897 134 0 134
1898 127 0 127
1899 138 0 138
1900 176 0 176
1901 145 0 145
1902 192 6 186
1903 185 0 185
1904 203 0 203
1905 220 5 215 #100 boy name
1906 245 0 245 #94 boy name
1907 304 0 304 #87 boy name
1908 318 7 311 #87 boy name
1909 361 7 354 #85 boy name
1910 421 8 413 #84 boy name
1911 496 8 488 #82 boy name
1912 963 5 958 #83 boy name
1913 1,246 10 1,236 #77 boy name
1914 1,637 10 1,627 #75 boy name
1915 2,242 15 2,227 #72 boy name
1916 2,541 12 2,529 #66 boy name
1917 2,533 16 2,517 #68 boy name
1918 2,851 22 2,829 #68 boy name
1919 3,011 14 2,997 #63 boy name
1920 3,269 24 3,245 #62 boy name
1921 3,512 23 3,489 #59 boy name
1922 3,605 24 3,581 #56 boy name
1923 3,837 26 3,811 #51 boy name
1924 4,063 40 4,023 #50 boy name
1925 4,118 26 4,092 #51 boy name
1926 4,144 33 4,111 #50 boy name
1927 4,430 37 4,393 #47 boy name
1928 4,486 32 4,454 #46 boy name
1929 4,434 44 4,390 #46 boy name
1930 4,436 35 4,401 #48 boy name
1931 4,388 30 4,358 #45 boy name
1932 4,220 33 4,187 #46 boy name
1933 4,159 29 4,130 #44 boy name
1934 4,238 20 4,218 #44 boy name
1935 4,295 23 4,272 #45 boy name
1936 3,960 18 3,942 #49 boy name
1937 3,926 16 3,910 #49 boy name
1938 3,913 14 3,899 #52 boy name
1939 3,780 21 3,759 #52 boy name
1940 3,520 21 3,499 #63 boy name
1941 3,646 19 3,627 #63 boy name
1942 3,808 18 3,790 #66 boy name
1943 3,957 21 3,936 #66 boy name
1944 3,593 25 3,568 #75 boy name
1945 3,311 17 3,294 #80 boy name
1946 3,616 18 3,598 #88 boy name
1947 3,790 19 3,771 #89 boy name
1948 3,646 21 3,625 #90 boy name
1949 3,743 19 3,724 #89 boy name
1950 3,511 15 3,496 #93 boy name
1951 3,571 15 3,556 #96 boy name
1952 3,592 13 3,579 #95 boy name
1953 3,582 23 3,559 #94 boy name
1954 3,515 15 3,500 #97 boy name
1955 3,672 16 3,656 #94 boy name
1956 3,497 20 3,477
1957 3,425 15 3,410
1958 3,312 21 3,291
1959 3,177 10 3,167
1960 3,294 17 3,277
1961 3,203 21 3,182
1962 3,150 18 3,132
1963 3,000 25 2,975
1964 3,007 30 2,977
1965 2,990 21 2,969
1966 2,751 18 2,733
1967 2,453 25 2,428
1968 2,284 28 2,256
1969 2,216 17 2,199
1970 2,043 9 2,034
1971 1,961 27 1,934
1972 1,619 22 1,597
1973 1,526 20 1,506
1974 1,505 20 1,485
1975 1,327 15 1,312
1976 1,270 17 1,253
1977 1,192 19 1,173
1978 1,215 15 1,200
1979 1,258 14 1,244
1980 1,235 11 1,224
1981 1,186 16 1,170
1982 1,145 9 1,136
1983 1,183 11 1,172
1984 1,114 12 1,102
1985 1,158 15 1,143
1986 1,145 9 1,136
1987 1,097 18 1,079
1988 1,168 15 1,153
1989 1,194 5 1,189
1990 1,223 7 1,216
1991 1,198 5 1,193
1992 1,180 5 1,175
1993 1,090 9 1,081
1994 984 6 978
1995 843 0 843
1996 870 0 870
1997 858 0 858
1998 840 0 840
1999 762 0 762
2000 810 0 810
2001 800 0 800
2002 796 0 796
2003 864 0 864
2004 801 5 796
2005 807 0 807
2006 890 0 890
2007 882 0 882
2008 825 0 825
2009 706 0 706
2010 634 0 634
2011 571 0 571
2012 578 0 578
2013 549 0 549
2014 569 0 569
2015 519 0 519
2016 529 0 529

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Popularity of Marvin as a first name

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Popularity of Marvin as a last name

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Common last names for Marvin

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Lewis
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Marvin U.S.
  White 89.12% 64.26%
  African American 4.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.13% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Marvin

People with the last name Marvin are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Marvin

  • How Popular is the name Marvin? Marvin is the 297th most popular name of all time. As a last name Marvin was the 3,468th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Marvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 251,653 babies born with the first name Marvin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Marvin to occupy the territory of French Guiana (France) with an estimated population of 243,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Marvin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 69 new born babies.
  • When was Marvin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Marvin is Friday, April 21st, 1854.
  • What year had the most people named Marvin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Marvin was in 1928 with a total of 4,454 babies. That's a lot of babies named Marvin!
  • Random Marvin Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Marvin ranks 89th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 15 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Marvin: Your name in reverse order is Nivram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nmvari. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Marvin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,310 people with the last name Marvin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Marvin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Marvin as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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