Melville

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Melville

"Melville" is a name of French origin, and it means "From Malleville". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Melville
Herman Melville, American novelist, author of Moby Dick; b. 1819, d. 1891.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States writer of novels and short stories (1819-1891)
Wiktionary
  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ of Norman origin, from Malleville in Normandy.
  2. Herman Melville (1819-1891), an American novelist, essayist, and poet. He is best remembered for the novel Moby-Dick.
  3. His works or media adaptations of his works.

Notable Persons Named Melville

Melville Fuller was an 8. He was most active from 1888 to 1910. Melville was born on February 11th, 1833 in Augusta, Maine. He left this life on July 4th, 1910.

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Melvil Dewey was a librarian, resort developer, and reformer. Melvil was given the name Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey on December 10th, 1851 in Adams Center, New York. Melvil is also known as Melvil Dewey and Melvil Dui. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1931.

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Melville Cooper was an actor. He was most prominent from 1914 to 1961. Melville was given the name George Melville Cooper on October 15th, 1896 in Aston. Melville is also known as Cooper and George Melville. He breathed his last breath on March 13th, 1973.

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Melville J. Herskovits was a scientist in the field of anthropology. Melville was born on September 10th, 1895 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He left this life on February 25th, 1963.

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Melville was born on June 6th, 1923. He breathed his last breath on November 23rd, 1985.

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Melville was born on November 26th, 1901. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1982.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Melville

Herman Melville was a travel literature, captivity narrative, nautical fiction, gothic fiction, allegory, and tall tale novelist, short story writer, teacher, sailor, lecturer, poet, customs inspector, short story, and customs officer. Herman was given the name Herman Melvill on August 1st, 1819 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on September 28th, 1891.

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Jean-Pierre Melville was a film director. Jean-Pierre was given the name Jean-Pierre Grumbach on October 20th, 1917 in Paris, France. He died on August 2nd, 1973.

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The Viscount Melville was an office holder. The was born in Arniston, Midlothian, Scotland. He passed away on May 28th, 1811.

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Sam Melville was a film, television, actor, and televisionactor. He was most active from 1966 to 1966. Sam was born on August 20th, 1936 in Fillmore, Utah, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 1989.

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Cyron Melville is an actor and musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Cyron was born on July 1st, 1984 in Djursland.

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Ward Melville was a businessperson, philanthropy, businessman, and philanthropist. Ward was born on January 5th, 1887. He passed away on June 5th, 1977.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 0 17
1881 6 0 6
1882 8 0 8
1883 11 0 11
1884 11 0 11
1885 10 0 10
1886 11 0 11
1887 10 0 10
1888 11 0 11
1889 15 0 15
1890 6 0 6
1891 8 0 8
1892 14 0 14
1893 10 0 10
1894 19 0 19
1895 19 0 19
1896 11 0 11
1897 7 0 7
1898 10 0 10
1899 11 0 11
1900 10 0 10
1901 8 0 8
1902 15 0 15
1903 14 0 14
1904 12 0 12
1905 10 0 10
1906 13 0 13
1907 9 0 9
1908 9 0 9
1909 16 0 16
1910 13 0 13
1911 17 0 17
1912 44 0 44
1913 37 0 37
1914 56 0 56
1915 67 0 67
1916 64 0 64
1917 60 0 60
1918 77 0 77
1919 56 0 56
1920 67 7 60
1921 63 7 56
1922 71 0 71
1923 58 0 58
1924 66 0 66
1925 42 0 42
1926 45 0 45
1927 53 0 53
1928 34 0 34
1929 41 0 41
1930 49 0 49
1931 32 0 32
1932 31 0 31
1933 40 0 40
1934 29 0 29
1935 34 0 34
1936 24 0 24
1937 31 0 31
1938 43 0 43
1939 24 0 24
1940 30 0 30
1941 25 0 25
1942 27 0 27
1943 20 0 20
1944 32 0 32
1945 27 0 27
1946 20 0 20
1947 19 0 19
1948 27 0 27
1949 28 0 28
1950 23 0 23
1951 22 0 22
1952 27 0 27
1953 16 0 16
1954 16 0 16
1955 12 0 12
1956 13 0 13
1957 10 0 10
1958 14 0 14
1959 11 0 11
1960 12 0 12
1961 9 0 9
1962 11 0 11
1963 11 0 11
1964 10 0 10
1965 11 0 11
1966 7 0 7
1967 6 0 6
1968 12 0 12
1969 11 0 11
1970 9 0 9
1971 5 0 5
1973 12 0 12
1976 7 0 7
1977 6 0 6
1978 5 0 5
1979 6 0 6
1981 5 0 5

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Popularity of Melville as a first name

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Popularity of Melville as a last name

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Common last names for Melville

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  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • King
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Kennedy
  • Morris
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Melville U.S.
  White 82.39% 64.26%
  African American 11.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Melville

People with the last name Melville are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Melville

  • What name lists does Melville rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Melville? Melville is the 6,224th most popular name of all time. As a last name Melville was the 7,623rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Melville have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,283 babies born with the first name Melville in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melville to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melville? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Melville first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melville is Monday, December 7th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Melville born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melville was in 1918 with a total of 77 babies.
  • Random Melville Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melville is not a popular baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Melville: Your name in reverse order is Ellivlem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mlellive. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Melville? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,355 people with the last name Melville.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Melville? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Melville 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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