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Origin & Meaning

The name Melvin is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Melvin is "polished chief".  

It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "gentle chieftain".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 672 in baby name popularity for boys with 376 occurrences.    Less than 5 girls were given the name. 

View the Melvin Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Melvin has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Melvin to other names.


What will your new little Melvin be like?

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Related Names

Melvin is a form of the name Maoilmhin.

Variants of the name Melvin include Melvon, Melvyn.

The name Melva is a form of Melvin.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Melvin Brooks.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Melvin in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Melvin.

Just for fun, see the name Melvin in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Melvin in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.