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Gender: Male Meaning of Melvin: "council protector" Origin of Melvin: English and Scottish Melvin's Popularity in 2017: #737

The name Melvin is a boy's name of English origin meaning "council protector". Melvin is ranked #737 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 "Release the 20 T.I.G.E.R.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (BOYS)".

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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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Famous People Named Melvin

Melvin Lewis Calhoun. Jr. aka Kutt Calhoun, American rapper
Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as 'The King of Torts'
Melvin Bernhardt, American stage and television director
Melvin Booker, American basketball player
Melvin Brown, Mexican football player
Melvin Bullitt, American football player
Melvin Burgess, British author of children's fiction
Melvin Calvin, American chemist who discovered the Calvin cycle
Melvin Day, New Zealand artist and art historian
Melvin Dummar, American hoaxer and subject of film Melvin and Howard
Melvin Ejim: American basketball player
Melvin Ely, American basketball player
Melvin Edmonds, member of R&B group After 7
Melvin Fowler, American football center
Melvin Frank, American screenwriter and film director
Melvin Franklin, stage name of American bass singer David Melvin English
Melvin Gibbs, American bass guitarist
Melvin Guillard, American mixed martial artist
Melvin Hochster, American mathematician
Melvin Jones, American football player
Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International
Melvin Kaminsky, given name of actor Mel Brooks
Melvin Konner, Professor of Anthropology
Melvin R. Laird, American politician and writer
Melvin Maas, U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Melvin Manhoef, Dutch kickboxer
Melvin McQuaid, member of the Canadian House of Commons
Melvin Mora, Major League baseball player
Melvin Nieves, baseball player
Melvin O'Doom, English comedian
Melvin Ott, Major League Baseball right fielder
Melvin Parker, American drummer who played in James Brown's band
Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director
Melvin Platje, Dutch football player
Melvin Purvis, American FBI agent
Melvin Ragin, American guitarist known as 'Wah-Wah Watson'
Melvin Rhyne, jazz organist
Melvin Rosen, American track coach
Melvin Schwartz, American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988
Melvin Seals, American musician
Melvin Sia, Malaysian-Chinese actor, singer, and model
Melvin Sparks, American jazz guitarist
Melvin Steinberg, Governor of Maryland from 1987 to 1995
Melvin Stewart, American swimmer and Olympic medal winner
Melvin Tarley, Liberian footballer
Melvin B. Tolson, American modernist poet
Melvin Alvah Traylor, American banker
Melvin Alvah Traylor, Jr., American ornithologist
Melvin Turpin, American basketball player
Melvin Valladares, Honduran football striker
Melvin Watkins, American basketball coach
Melvin Zais, United States Army general
Eric Scott Melvin, musician in American band NOFX

Pop Culture References for the name Melvin

Melvin Jones, main character in the film "Sailor Beware"
Melvin Frohike, character on "The X-Files"
Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris, character in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Melvin Palmer, character on TV's Boston Legal
Melvin the Superhero Guy, puppet of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham
Melvin, the name given to the evil alter-ego of Marik Ishtar, in theYu-Gi-Oh! parody series Yu-gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
Melvin Sneedly, character in Dav Pilkey's book series Captain Underpants
Melvin the Monster, minor character from Tiny Toon Adventures
Melvin Udall, Jack Nicholson's character in As Good as It Gets
Melvin Butlers, nerd from the manga and anime Sailor Moon
Melvin Wilder, lazy, arrogant farmhand in Jim Leonard Jr.s' play "The Diviners"
Melvin, character in video game 'Dragon Warrior VII'
Lough Melvin, lake on the border with the Republic of Ireland
Melvins, American rock band
The "Melvin", national Scoutcraft Competition of Scouting Ireland (CSI)
The Melvins, American band
Melvin, term for a wedgie

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


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!!!