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Gender: M Meaning of Marvin: "sea hill" Origin of Marvin: Welsh, variant of Mervyn Marvin's Popularity in 2013: #499

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Marvin has been neglected for so long that it's hard to believe that it has windswept Welsh roots. It also has some strong namesakes going for it--singer Marvin Gaye, composer Marvin Hamlisch and boxer Marvin Hagler, is the real name of both Neil Simon and Meatloaf--not to mention Marvin Gardens on Monopoly.

Marvin has also made appearances on The Simpsons, Weeds, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--and was recently bestowed on the baby in How I Met Your Mother.

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Famous People Named Marvin

Marvin Gaye, American singer
Marvin Hamlisch, American composer
Marvin Harrison, American football player
Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, an American Appalachian moonshiner originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Marvin Humes, member of boyband JLS

Pop Culture References for the Name Marvin

Marvin, son of Lily and Marshall (named after Marshall's father) on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Marvin the Martian, Looney Tunes character
Marvin Myles Ransome-Main female character in the novel H.M. Pulham, Esq., played in the film by Hedy Lamarr
"Marvin," American comic strip about a talking baby

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