Gender: Female Origin of Marvel: English word name

Marvel Origin and Meaning

The name Marvel is a girl's name of English origin.

Marvel, now a character name in The Hunger Games series, was a miracle name of yesterday, on the girls' Social Security list until 1941 and reaching a high of 487 at the turn of the last century, when Marva was also in style.

These days it does have something of a comic book feel, what with Marvel Comics, Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel, and despite the fact that Marvel is a male character in The Hunger Games, we can see some parents reviving this name for their own little marvel of a baby girl. That's what rocker Pete Wentz, dad of creatively-named sons Bronx Mowgli and Saint Laszlo, did recently when he named his daughter Marvel Jane.

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indiefendi2 Says:


I predicted Pete Wentz would name his daughter Mars and I have to say, I didn't do too bad in the guessing department. I was only 3 letters off. :)

-EagleEyes- Says:


Marvel and Reverie make perfect sibling names!

ceruleanstardust Says:


This is so cool! If I was to use it, I'd pair it (with regard to siblings) with another more obscure word name, like Reverie.

Miri Says:


I love it!

Essa Says:


I'd love this for a middle name for a boy if it wasn't for the comics. I have plenty of word names for girls on my middle list such as Selah, Gioia, Wonder and Adora and I think Marvel is similar to those choices but more masculine so would make good names for siblings. However, I think people would look past the meaning of the word and look straight to superheroes. I feel like I'd constantly be asking if I was a big superhero fan, and quite frankly, I'm not.

Wittyusername103 Says:


But why are they? Because the female community gets undermined at every stage. This is an example.

connor Says:


Why is this name meant for girls?

Ashley Nielson Says:


My son (born Nov 2014) is named Marvel. I get so much flack for it, even though it is an actual name.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


In the UK, between 1996 and 2015 - only 4 girls were given the name Marvel in that space of time, all back in 2003. By comparison, 6 boys were named Marvel between 2007 and 2008, followed by 4 boys in 2012, and another 3 in 2014. Whereas, in America, Marvel has not been in the top 1000 for girls in 74 years. But in 2013, Marvel was given to 8 girls and 13 boys, and in 2015 14 girls and 17 boys were given the name. There's also the modern male character from the popular Hunger Games series to take into consideration. This means that, while it did start out as 100% feminine back in the day (around about 1889), currently it is very much a unisex option.

Having said all that, it makes for a pretty decent girl name, I will admit. But phonetically speaking, I prefer it for a boy. As such, I'm a little peeved that there is only a female page to represent it; and that - on this girl page - NONE of the above relevant information about its unisex usage has even been mentioned.

Still, my moanings aside - Marvel is a pretty cool name and the fact that it's so rare for either sex is a definite bonus.

khaosmom Says:


We had a daughter in December and named her Tennasyn Marvel. Not just because of Marvel Comics, but for the meaning of the word.

Guest Says:


Marvel can be equal for both boys and girls. Girls love the Marvel universe too. 47% of Marvel's comic book fanbase is women. Marvel has strong female important characters like Black Widow and Agent Maria Hill. Thor is gonna be a girl!!! I have a tattoo on my wrist that people think is Marvel homage (it isn't really but I guess it can be seen that way) and both men and women always tell me how cool it is and how they love Marvel. I agree with you about how there should be a boy page as well but I disagree with saying "the comic book connotations [make it] more appropriate for boys".

Honoria Says:


And? I'm a Marvel comic nerd myself but that doesn't alter the fact that a vast majority of it all is geared HEAVILY towards boys and men. Doesn't mean us girls can't enjoy it, but I was just pointing out the obvious.

SunKissedChild Says:


I agree! My sister and I and many of our female friends are all Marvel fans... It's definitely not just for boys, and frankly Honoria, I am offended as well.

Guest Says:


Okay, as a female Marvel fan, I'm kind of offended. Comics aren't just for men, you know. Yes, I too believe Marvel is not purely feminine, but using comics as your main argument because comics "are for boys"...

Honoria Says:


The name's comic book connotations lead me to believe that this name would be more appropriate for boys. Plus, phonetically speaking it doesn't sound particularly feminine. The least you could do is give it a boy page, Nameberry.

Guest Says:


As a huge Marvel comics fan I would totally use this but maybe in the middle, my fam probably wouldn't like it as much as I do haha