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Gender: Male Meaning of Marvin: "sea hill" Origin of Marvin: Welsh, variant of Mervyn Marvin's Popularity in 2017: #559

The name Marvin is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "sea hill". Marvin is ranked #559 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibset makeover game! B/G pairs".

From the experts:

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. It's the real name of both Neil Simon and Meatloaf. And let's not forget mention Marvin Gardens on Monopoly.

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

Find other names based on Marvin using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Marvin

Marvin Pentz Gaye, legendary American singer-songwriter and musician
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch, American composer
Marvin Harrison, American football player
Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner
Marvin Richard James Humes, singer with British boy band JLS
Marvin Lee Minsky, American cognitive scientist
"Marvelous" Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, American middleweight boxer
Marvin Jay Cuyugan Agustin, Filipino actor
Marvin Stamm, American jazz trumpeter
Marvin Plattenhardt, German professional footballer
Marvin (Romeo Kwasie) Zeegelaar, Dutch professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Marvin

Marvin Boggs, character in "RED"
Marvin Wait-for-it Eriksen, son of Lily and Marshall on "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
Marvin Grossberg, character from "Ace Attorney"
Marvin Suggs, from "The Muppet Show"
Marvin "Mouth" McFadden, male character on hit TV show "One Tree Hill"
Marvin, character in musical "Falsettos"
Marvin, character in movie "Daddy day Care"

Merwyn, Mervin, Murvynn, Marve, Merwin, Mervyn, Murvin, Marwin, Marven, Marwynn, Marv


Kaylon O. Centres Says:


Marvina or Marvine.

lesliemarion Says:


Morven and Marvel!

Ruanne Says:



paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this name.

PrudenceA Says:


I agree!

ElsaAnne Says:


I think this is more than ready for a comeback!



Don't worry, your cat will be dead by the time your child is able to be aware that you named him after the cat. He never has to know.

elifsu Says:


I prefer Mervin

KassemJ Says:


I prefer Martin

ispyabrownbair Says:


My Father recently passed away and Marvin was his name. I'm wondering if anyone can think of a girl variation of the name Marvin that is actually cute?

Imnotputtingmynameonline Says:


I like this name with the nn Vin or Vinnie, but NOT Marv. Besides, I have a cat named this, so it's unusable for me. But I do think it is a nice choice.