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Quick Facts on Marvin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 499
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Marvin

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Marvin

Marvin is the transferred use of an English surname originating from an old Welsh personal name Merfyn. The most notable bearer was Merfyn Frych, a 9th century king of Gwynedd, a medieval kingdom in Wales, and whose reign lasted nearly twenty years. Precious little is known of Merfyn except that he was known as The Freckled and he was the father of Rhodri Mawr (the Great King of North Wales in the latter part of the 9th century). The origin and meaning of Merfyn is also lost. Some sources believe that the name comes from the old Welsh elements “mer” meaning ‘marrow’ and “ffynu” meaning ‘thriving’. The name also became popular among inhabitants of northern England and eventually gave birth to several surnames (Marvin, Mervin, Mervyn, etc.). As a given name, Marvin has been in use since at least the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Marvin

Marvin has maintained a position on the male naming charts since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends starting in the late 1800s. At the turn of the 20th century, Marvin was surprisingly popular, but the true height of this name’s glory came during the 1930s when it was a Top 50 choice for boys. In fact, this was a name that held fast to the Top 100 list of most commonly used male names for 50 straight years. Pretty impressive! The name finally dropped off the Top 100 in 1956. From that point on, Marvin’s popularity slowly deteriorated. Now that we’re into the 21st century, the name Marvin has become considered too “old-man-ish” and outdated. Of course, we think that’s part of his charm. The name is also often associated with the brilliant but depressed robot (Martin the Paranoid Android) in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Somehow Martin has a slightly “dorky” quality but that’s a positive in today’s techno-savvy world where nerds rule innovation and are ‘thriving’ businessmen.
Popularity of the Boy Name Marvin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Marvin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Marvin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Marvin

    Marvin the Paranoid Android (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Marvin the Paranoid Android is the endearing character in Douglas Adam’s sci-fi series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that has also had success as a novel, comic-book, radio and TV series. Poor Marvin – he is the starship’s woefully underused robot who suffers from extreme depression because his intellectual capacity is far larger than any possible combination of challenges can fill. He was originally a failed prototype of a GPP, or “Genuine People Personalities” series, and he feels rightfully resentful that things went wrong. He claims not to have had a decent conversation in over 40 million years, and that was with a coffee machine. Naturally he’s depressed and bored! Probably his best trick is, when he is kidnapped by war robots who plug into him in order to use his vast intelligence, he instead infuses them with his own depression and lethargy, thereby sabotaging their aims. So that, at least, should provide Marvin with a least ONE “Reason(s) Not To Be Miserable”.

  • Popular Songs on Marvin

    Popular Songs on Marvin

    Marvin Interlude - a song by Mary J. Blige

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Marvin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Marvin

    Escape of Marvin the Ape (Caralyn Buehner) - Marvin the ape slips out of the zoo and finds he likes it on the outside, where he easily blends into city life. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Hurray For Marvin (Richard Hartmetz) - Marvin struggles to impress the girl he likes, while trying to avoid the class bully. Along the way, he creates a special friendship with his teacher, and encounters many of life's humorous hurdles through the eyes of a fourth grader. Parents, teachers and students will see many parallels to their own lives, as the elements in these stories are taken from real-life experiences chronicled by the author during a decade as an elementary school teacher. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marvin and the Meanest Girl (Suzy Kline) - Marvin Higgins is always calling people names and making them mad. And because the new girl in class, Lucy Tinker, has hair that sticks up like a porcupine, Marvin starts picking on her. But Lucy decides to be mean, too, and scratches Marvin with her long, rainbow-colored nails! Will Marvin and Lucy ever stop fighting? Suzy Kline, creator of Horrible Harry, returns to the classroom in this funny, realistic chapter book. Booklist says: "The action is fast, the talk is lively, and the drawings get the classroom characters and the standoffs between friends and enemies just right." Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Marvin Gets MAD! (Joseph Theobald) - First, Marvin Wanted More, but now he’s getting mad…One perfect morning Molly eats the very apple that Marvin had his eye on. This makes Marvin MAD. Who will be able to calm Marvin down and tease him out of his tantrum? Will he be able to do it by himself or will he need some help? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (Dr. Seuss) - Some people just won't take the hint when it's time to go to bed, but Marvin K. Mooney eventually gets the message! This fun tale by Dr. Seuss will delight young readers and remind them that they sometimes have to do what they are told! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marvin One Too Many (Katherine Paterson) - It is the first day of school, and Marvin is scared. Everyone seems to know where to go – except Marvin. Everyone seems to have a place in class – except Marvin. And everyone seems to know how to read – except Marvin. Marvin's struggle with reading will ring true to reluctant and eager readers alike, and all will share his triumph in Katherine Paterson's reassuring story, the third about this popular character. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Marvin Redpost 1: Kidnapped At Birth? (Louis Sachar) - Marvin Redpost has finally figured out why he doesn't look like anyone in his family. He's not really Marvin Redpost--he's Robert, the lost prince of Shampoon! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Marvin Redpost 2: Why Pick On Me? (Louis Sachar) - Marvin is shunned by his classmates, best friends, and teacher after he is unfairly fingered as a nose-picker by the class bully. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Marvin Redpost 3: Is He A Girl? (Louis Sachar) - Will kissing his elbow really turn Marvin into a girl? Casey Happleton claims it's so, and Marvin starts to believe her after his lips "accidentally" brush his elbow. If you enjoy the Marvin Redpost series, there are about nine or ten books total. We just mention the first three. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (Betty Paraskevas) - Marvin is a performer in a small country carnival with his dear friends Stripes the Tiger, Elizabeth the Emotional Pig, and Diamonds the Elephant. Although life in the carnival is good, Marvin dreams of making it big on Broadway. Swifty Calico the talent agent spots Marvin and rides him to New York City. After some hard times, Marvin's dream comes true as the star of the hit musical Whoa, Dolly! Marvin is now the toast of Broadway, but he knows that something important is missing -- his friends. Let Betty and Michael Paraskevas's Marvin tap-dance his way into your heart. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Marvin Wanted More! (Joseph Theobald) - Everyone's favorite sheep is back— now in a new book-and-audio-CD package! Marvin is not a happy sheep. All the other sheep are bigger than him, and can run faster and jump higher than he can. So Marvin decides to do something about it. He eats. And eats, and eats, until he is so big that there is nothing left for him to eat in the world—at which point Marvin eats the world itself! But that is a step too far, and what went in is going to have to come out. This is a rumbustious story that shows how it is possible to take some self-improvement just a little bit too far. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Marvin! Marvin! Marvin! (Richard Hartmetz) - Marvin is a precocious eleven year old, who tries in vain to be good, but always seems to make the decisions that land him in trouble with his parents, teachers and classmates. Marvin struggles to impress the girl he likes, while trying to avoid the class bully. Along the way, he creates a special friendship with his teacher, and encounters many of life's humorous hurdles through the eyes of a fourth grader. Parents, teachers and students will see many parallels to their own lives, as the elements in these stories are taken from real-life experiences chronicled by the author during a decade as an elementary school teacher. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Marvin's Best Christmas Present Ever (Katherine Paterson) - Christmas is coming...and Marvin is worried. His big sister, May, always makes great presents for their parents, and Marvin's are never as good. But this year, he is determined to make the best Christmas present ever -- one that will last forever. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Starvin' Marvin and Skinny Minnie Shake Up San Francisco (Lori Sims) - Lori Sims has a strong narrative voice - one that just about any age reader will find enjoyment. The book comes to life with the quality and integration of the illustrations. Nosy Nellie is a favorite character and a reminder of our own grandmothers who can be a bit too much at first, but grow on you! Many readers will relate to the wonderful characters, most of all Marvin and Minnie. Overall, this children's work demonstrates strong writing with fine narrative pacing. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Marvin

    Famous People Named Marvin

    Famous People Named Marvin - Marvin Gaye (R&B singer); Marvin Hamlisch (composer of film scores); Marvin Watson (aka Messy marv, rapper); “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler (boxer); Marvin Andrews (Trinidadian soccer player); Marvin Minsky (cognitive scientist); Marvin Williams (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Marvin

    Children of Famous People Named Marvin

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Marvin - George H. W. Bush (U.S. President)

  • Historic Figures

    Marvin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Marvin - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Marvin.

Personality of the Boy Name Marvin

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Marvin

  • No Variations Found.
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