Eng (MAR-vin); Germ (MAR-veen)
The name is of debated origin and meaning, the two consistent theories are 1) it is from the Welsh male name Merfyn, meaning, “famous marrow”, or 2) it is from a Old High German name, being composed of the elements mar (famous) and wini (friend). It has even been suggested that Merfyn is actually a Welsh corruption of the latter, being introduced into Wales by the Anglo-Saxons.
Merfyn was borne by a 9th-century Welsh king.
Currently, Marvin/Marwin is the 97th most popular male name in Germany, (2011).
His rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 309 (France, 2009)
- # 431 (United States, 2010)
A feminine form is Marva.