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Quick Facts on Melvin

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 620
Simple meaning:
Bad town

Characteristics of Melvin

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Melvin

Melvin or Melvyn most likely developed in Scotland, derived from the Norman-Scot surname Melville. This surname was brought to Scotland by the Normans as early as the 12th century. It started out as a French-Norman baronial name with roots in northern France from a place name so-called “Malleville” (meaning “bad town”) in reference to the infertile land upon which the settlement was founded. The most famous name bearer of the surname is Herman Melville, author of the great American classic “Moby-Dick” (published in 1851). It’s uncertain exactly when the Scots converted Melville into the personal name Melvin, but it did spread to other English speaking countries in the 19th century. Today, Melvin is quite popular in Sweden, but it also appears on the charts in France, the Netherlands and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Melvin

This quirky off-beat name has been more popular in America than one might have assumed. At the turn of the 20th century, back in 1901, Melvin secured a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in the country. The name remained a Top 100 choice for 55 consecutive years (finally falling off in 1956). The height of Melvin’s popularity really came during the 1920s when he hovered around the Top 50 list. When you look at the chart below, you can see that Melvin really started his noticeable decent down the charts in the 1960s; a decline which has continued to this day. Due to the time period when Melvin was achieving most of his usage (over 80 years ago), most people consider it an “old man” name. It’s like Morris or Murray; they’re just too nerdy old-fashioned by today’s naming standards. In fact, Melvin is a generic term for a nerd and a “Melvin” is also another term kids use to describe underwear “wedgies”. We’re surprised that Melville hasn’t replaced Melvin yet. American parents are drawn to surnames as forenames and Melville also has quite a bit of literary cachet (another emerging trend when it comes to naming children in America today).
Popularity of the Boy Name Melvin
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Melvin

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Melvin

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Melvin

    Melvin We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Melvin.

  • Popular Songs on Melvin

    Popular Songs on Melvin

    I, Melvin - a song by NOFX

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Melvin

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Melvin

    Melvin and the Boy (Lauren Castillo) - When a little boy sees a turtle basking in the sun at the park, he thinks he’s found the perfect pet. But when they get home, the boy soon discovers that the only time the turtle comes out of his shell is at bath time. Is it possible that the turtle would be happiest back in the pond? After all, it’s always bath time there! Lauren Castillo's beautiful art gives this gentle story about finding the right pet--and, in the end, doing what's right for that pet—a timeless, classic feel. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Melvin Might? (Jon Scieszka) - From the Trucktown series. More titles available. Cement Mixer Melvin worries a lot. He worries he might get dirty. He worries he might get stuck. He even worries he might get worried. But one fateful day Rescue Rita is in need of a little rescuing, and Trucktown's biggest worrywart is the only one who can save the day. There's just one problem: He worries he can't. Jon Scieszka's latest racing and rollicking installment to the Trucktown franchise is a hilarious (and maybe even a little heartwarming) look at all the things a cement mixer can matter how much he worries! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Melvin the Magnificent Molar (Julia Cook and Laura Jana) - A great book for teaching children about their teeth! Meet Melvin, the lovable tooth. Through Melvin’s view of the world, this book encourages children in a fun-loving, unique way to actually want to brush their teeth. By promoting brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist, Melvin shows readers young and old how to make sure they will have happy teeth and healthy smiles that will last them a lifetime! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich (Greg Trine) - Part of the Melvin Beederman Superhero series. Several titles are available. Bad guys tremble at the sound of his name! Meet Melvin Beederman. He's a pretty good superhero, even though it always takes him five or six tries to get launched and flying. His weakness (every superhero has one) is bologna, which makes it hard to go into a deli. Still, Melvin manages to keep the city of Los Angeles free of nasty villains--once he's airborne. Crash! Splat! Thud! Kabonk! This series has it all: hilarious story lines, amazing classic-comic-inspired illustrations, fearless new superheroes, and SNACKS! Melvin loves fighting crime in Los Angeles, until the McNasty Brothers, the baddest guys of all, start robbing banks and Melvin's superpowers mysteriously disappear. Enter Candace, a third-grade actress with some surprising new talents. Once they team up, nothing can beat these partners in uncrime. Nothing but bologna, that is… Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Who Is Melvin Bubble? (Nick Bruel) - Who is this kid with the funny name? Well, that depends on who you ask. Everybody who knows Melvin--his mom, his dad, his best friend Jimmy, his dog--even Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the big ugly monster with three eyes who lives in his closet have a different opinion. This original and riotous picture book has a lot to say--not only about Melvin, but also about perspective, point of view, and a six-and-a-half-year-old's place in the world. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Melvin

    Famous People Named Melvin

    Famous People Named Melvin - Melvin Belli (attorney); Mel Brooks (director/producer/actor); Mel Blanc (voiceover actor); Mel Gibson (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Melvin

    Children of Famous People Named Melvin

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Melvin - Melvin Belli (attorney)

  • Historic Figures

    Melvin - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Melvin

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Melvin

  • No Variations Found.
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