Melvin

First Name
245k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
20k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Melvin

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

Wiktionary

Variant of the Scottish surname Melville, from a place name Malleville in Normandy, from Latin mala (“bad”) + Old French ville (“settlement”).

  • Used to Anglicize Mac Gille Beathain in Scotland and Ó Maoil Mhín in Ireland.
  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Melvin was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Melvin

Mel Brooks is a farce, parody, comedy music, satire, and sketch comedy musician. Mel was given the name Melvin James Kaminsky on June 28th, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Mel Blanc was a voice actor, actor, and voice acting. He was most prominent from 1927 to 1989. Mel was given the name Melvin Jerome Blank on May 30th, 1908. He died on July 10th, 1989.

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Mel Tormé was a jazz musician. He plays Drum kit, Bugle, Piano, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1933. Mel was given the name Melvin Howard Torme on September 13th, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Mel is also known as The Velvet Fog. He left this life on June 5th, 1999.

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Melvin was born on May 11th, 1976 in Paramaribo, Suriname.

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Mel Smith was a comedian. Mel was given the name Melvin Kenneth Smith on December 3rd, 1952 in Chiswick, London, England. He died on July 19th, 2013.

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Melvin Van Peebles is an actor, director, wall street trader, screenwriter, playwright, and composer. He has had major accomplishments since 1955. Melvin was born on August 21st, 1932 in Chicago. Melvin is also known as Brer Soul.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Melvin

Leland Devon Melvin is an engineer.

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Rachel Melvin is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 2004 to present. Rachel was born on February 9th, 1985 in Elmhurst, Illinois.

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Allan Melvin was an actor, voice actor, and impressionist. Allan was given the name Allan John Melvin on February 18th, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 17th, 2008.

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Craig Melvin is a news anchor/correspondent, msnbc nbc news, msnbc, and msnbcnbc news. Craig was given the name Craig Delano Melvin on May 20th, 1979 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Eric Melvin is a punk rock, ska punk, and skate punk musician. He plays Guitar, Accordion, Bass guitar, Gibson Les Paul, ESP Eclipse, and Vocals. He was most active from 1983 to present. Eric was given the name Eric Scott Melvin on July 9th, 1966. Eric is also known as Melvin.

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Murray Melvin is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Murray was born on August 10th, 1932 in Hampstead.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 103 0 103
1881 76 0 76
1882 86 0 86
1883 96 0 96
1884 95 0 95
1885 110 0 110
1886 83 0 83
1887 95 0 95
1888 119 0 119
1889 97 0 97
1890 98 0 98
1891 108 0 108
1892 114 0 114
1893 111 0 111
1894 125 0 125
1895 163 5 158
1896 158 0 158
1897 133 5 128
1898 159 0 159
1899 166 0 166
1900 231 0 231
1901 176 0 176 #97 boy name
1902 254 6 248 #86 boy name
1903 230 0 230 #88 boy name
1904 234 0 234 #92 boy name
1905 296 5 291 #83 boy name
1906 285 0 285 #82 boy name
1907 338 7 331 #78 boy name
1908 372 6 366 #75 boy name
1909 457 9 448 #71 boy name
1910 495 13 482 #75 boy name
1911 605 11 594 #73 boy name
1912 1,201 16 1,185 #71 boy name
1913 1,656 14 1,642 #61 boy name
1914 2,091 27 2,064 #59 boy name
1915 2,798 18 2,780 #60 boy name
1916 3,007 23 2,984 #57 boy name
1917 3,179 24 3,155 #57 boy name
1918 3,499 30 3,469 #56 boy name
1919 3,412 28 3,384 #56 boy name
1920 3,754 36 3,718 #54 boy name
1921 3,926 40 3,886 #53 boy name
1922 3,952 43 3,909 #50 boy name
1923 4,055 44 4,011 #48 boy name
1924 4,222 53 4,169 #48 boy name
1925 4,179 33 4,146 #50 boy name
1926 4,228 34 4,194 #47 boy name
1927 4,244 43 4,201 #48 boy name
1928 4,310 62 4,248 #48 boy name
1929 4,138 40 4,098 #49 boy name
1930 4,095 46 4,049 #50 boy name
1931 3,735 36 3,699 #51 boy name
1932 3,810 34 3,776 #51 boy name
1933 3,625 35 3,590 #51 boy name
1934 3,731 31 3,700 #55 boy name
1935 3,621 22 3,599 #57 boy name
1936 3,767 40 3,727 #53 boy name
1937 3,916 25 3,891 #50 boy name
1938 3,842 24 3,818 #54 boy name
1939 3,883 31 3,852 #51 boy name
1940 3,970 36 3,934 #53 boy name
1941 3,983 29 3,954 #56 boy name
1942 4,210 27 4,183 #60 boy name
1943 4,102 33 4,069 #63 boy name
1944 3,779 33 3,746 #68 boy name
1945 3,425 25 3,400 #78 boy name
1946 3,778 31 3,747 #85 boy name
1947 4,201 34 4,167 #85 boy name
1948 4,080 25 4,055 #81 boy name
1949 4,007 35 3,972 #82 boy name
1950 3,925 37 3,888 #87 boy name
1951 3,858 23 3,835 #88 boy name
1952 3,959 36 3,923 #91 boy name
1953 3,845 31 3,814 #91 boy name
1954 3,744 35 3,709 #92 boy name
1955 3,678 33 3,645 #95 boy name
1956 3,659 25 3,634
1957 3,425 28 3,397
1958 3,166 23 3,143
1959 3,191 19 3,172
1960 3,035 29 3,006
1961 2,868 26 2,842
1962 2,610 35 2,575
1963 2,573 27 2,546
1964 2,454 26 2,428
1965 2,253 23 2,230
1966 2,065 21 2,044
1967 1,862 20 1,842
1968 1,813 15 1,798
1969 1,791 20 1,771
1970 1,706 28 1,678
1971 1,604 23 1,581
1972 1,469 12 1,457
1973 1,390 11 1,379
1974 1,224 25 1,199
1975 1,222 14 1,208
1976 1,185 20 1,165
1977 1,159 15 1,144
1978 1,173 13 1,160
1979 1,176 17 1,159
1980 1,123 18 1,105
1981 1,058 7 1,051
1982 1,049 14 1,035
1983 954 7 947
1984 919 11 908
1985 918 11 907
1986 873 12 861
1987 833 9 824
1988 905 12 893
1989 908 8 900
1990 947 8 939
1991 859 5 854
1992 785 0 785
1993 729 0 729
1994 699 0 699
1995 656 0 656
1996 596 0 596
1997 587 0 587
1998 575 0 575
1999 551 0 551
2000 518 0 518
2001 528 0 528
2002 904 0 904
2003 647 0 647
2004 606 0 606
2005 621 0 621
2006 667 0 667
2007 629 0 629
2008 588 0 588
2009 529 0 529
2010 453 0 453
2011 386 0 386
2012 389 0 389
2013 398 0 398
2014 379 0 379
2015 361 0 361
2016 332 0 332
2017 321 0 321

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Popularity of Melvin as a first name

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Popularity of Melvin as a last name

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Common last names for Melvin

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

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Melvin U.S.
  White 67.64% 64.26%
  African American 27.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.85% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Melvin

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

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Fun Facts about the name Melvin

  • What name lists does Melvin rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Melvin? Melvin is the 308th most popular name of all time. As a last name Melvin was the 1,795th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Melvin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 244,541 babies born with the first name Melvin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melvin 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 Melvin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 103 new born babies.
  • When was Melvin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melvin is Friday, March 24th, 1815.
  • What year had the most people named Melvin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melvin was in 1928 with a total of 4,248 babies. That's a lot of babies named Melvin!
  • Random Melvin Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melvin ranks 78th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 14 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1910.
  • Weird things about the name Melvin: Your name in reverse order is Nivlem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elnvmi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Melvin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 20,008 people with the last name Melvin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Melvin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Melvin 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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