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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.MEL-v!l
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Meaning & History

From a Scottish surname which was originally from a Norman French place name meaning "bad town". A famous bearer of the surname was the American author Herman Melville (1819-1891), who wrote several novels including 'Moby-Dick'.
VariantsMelvin, Melvyn

Categories

currently out of the US top 1000, place names, Suikoden characters, surnames, towns
Entry updated October 30, 2011   Contribute