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Boy Name: Marvin

Name: Marvin
Pronunciation: \m(a)-rvin, mar-vin\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: sea friend
Origin: Welsh
Related Names: Darvin, Marvell
Sounds Like: Murvyn, Merven, Morven, Morvyn, Morfin
Variant forms: Marve, Marven, Marvyn, Marwin, Marwynn, Mervin, Mervyn, Merwin, Merwyn, Murvin, Murvynn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 115
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 2873


Marvin \m(a)-rvin, mar-vin\ as a boy's name is pronounced MAR-ven. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Marvin is "sea friend". Variant of Mervin. Some derive this name from Myrddin, the Welsh name of King Arthur's wizardly tutor (known in English as Merlin). That name means "sea fortress". Also possibly a blend of Marcel and Edwin. Actor Lee Marvin; songwriter Marvin Hamlisch; singer Marvin Gaye; football player Marvin Harrison.

Marvin has 11 variant forms: Marve, Marven, Marvyn, Marwin, Marwynn, Mervin, Mervyn, Merwin, Merwyn, Murvin and Murvynn.

For more information, see also related names Darvin and Marvell.

Baby names that sound like Marvin are Murvyn, Merven, Morven, Morvyn and Morfin.

View a list of the 5 names that reference Marvin.


Marvin is a very popular first name for men (#115 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#2873 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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