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Gender: Male Meaning of Melvin: "council protector" Origin of Melvin: English and Scottish Melvin's Popularity in 2018: #720

The name Melvin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "council protector". Melvin is ranked #720 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names No Boy May Be Cool Enough For and discussed in our forums with posts like "How Old?".

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This once perfectly respectable surname has suffered decades of abuse, not least by Jerry Lewis's demented, spastic character in the fifties. NFL running back Melvin Gordon stars for the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Pop Culture References for the name Melvin

Melvyn, Vinnie, Malvynn, Melwyn, Melwin, Malvyn, Mel, Malvin, Melwynn

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LaulenaG Says:


I'd never name a child this but it's nice for a pet.

Jesus coming!! Says:


A Melvin is a hot guy just ask my wife

snowsbeloved Says:


Google the definition of "wedgie" lol but at your own risk 😂

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paulapuddephatt Says:


Marvin is more usable. I don't like the nickname Mel for boys, because it's a female name to me, and Melvin can end up being Mel.

snowsbeloved Says:


Also because (according to my 80s baby husband) a "melvin" is "like a wedgie...but in the front." Yikes!!!