Gaelic, Kin/Family, M names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Melvin

Melvin comes from a Scottish surname derived from a place name, a variant of Melville meaning “bad town” from Latin mala (bad) and ville (settlement, town) both of which derive from a Proto-Indo-European root word. Melvin has also been used as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Mac Gille Bheathain meaning “son of the servant of St. Beathan”, Beathan a Gaelic Scottish name meaning “life, living, livelihood” from Gaelic beatha; and as an anglicized form of Gaelic surname Ó Maoil Mhín meaning “descendant of Maoilmhin”, the latter a given name meaning “gentle chief” or “devotee of  St. Michael”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

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Variants:

  • Malvin (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Melvina (English)
  • Malvina (English)- it’s also a Gaelic name meaning “smooth brow”

 

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