Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. MAHR-vin(English) MAR-vin(German)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From an English surname that was derived from the Welsh given name Merfyn or the Old English name Mærwine. As an American given name, it steadily rose in popularity through the beginnings of the 20th century and peaked in the early 1930s (closely mirroring the similar-sounding but unrelated name Melvin). A famous bearer was the American musician Marvin Gaye (1939-1984).

Related Names

VariantsMervin, Marvyn(English) Marwin(German)
Feminine FormMarva(English)


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   wholesome   strong   simple  


Entry updated December 7, 2022