Name: Melvin

Origin and Meaning of the Name Melvin

  • Meaning:
    Uncertain, possibly bad town
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (MEL vin)
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    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Melvin is probably derived from the surname Melville, from the French "bad town".
    The change from Melville to Melvin was probably helped by the existence of other names ending in '-in', such as Devlin, Kelvin.

    Some argue that it might be an evolution of the obsolete Old English name Maethelwine, composed of the elements 'maethel' (council, meeting) and 'wine' (friend, protector); hence, "council protector, council friend".

    It is also sometimes associated with the 18th century created name Malvina and its variant Melvina.

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