Melville name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Melville mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Melville

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Melville
Herman Melville, American novelist, author of Moby Dick; b. 1819, d. 1891.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States writer of novels and short stories (1819-1891)
  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ of Norman origin, from Malleville in Normandy.
  2. A suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Notable Persons Named Melville

Notable Persons Named Melville

Melville Fuller

Melville Fuller was an 8. He was most active from 1888 to 1910. Melville was born on February 11th, 1833 in Augusta, Maine. He left this life on July 4th, 1910.

Melvil Dewey

Melvil Dewey was a librarian, resort developer, and reformer. Melvil was given the name Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey on December 10th, 1851 in Adams Center, New York. Melvil is also known as Melvil Dewey and Melvil Dui. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1931.

Melville Cooper

Melville Cooper was an actor. He was most prominent from 1914 to 1961. Melville was given the name George Melville Cooper on October 15th, 1896 in Aston. Melville is also known as Cooper and George Melville. He breathed his last breath on March 13th, 1973.

Melville J. Herskovits

Melville J. Herskovits was a scientist in the field of anthropology. Melville was born on September 10th, 1895 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He left this life on February 25th, 1963.

Melville Nimmer

Melville was born on June 6th, 1923. He breathed his last breath on November 23rd, 1985.

Melville Bell Grosvenor

Melville was born on November 26th, 1901. He breathed his last breath on April 22nd, 1982.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Melville

Notable Persons With the Last Name Melville

Herman Melville

Herman Melville was a travel literature, captivity narrative, nautical fiction, gothic fiction, allegory, and tall tale novelist, short story writer, teacher, sailor, lecturer, poet, customs inspector, short story, and customs officer. Herman was given the name Herman Melvill on August 1st, 1819 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on September 28th, 1891.

Jean-Pierre Melville

Jean-Pierre Melville was a film director. Jean-Pierre was given the name Jean-Pierre Grumbach on October 20th, 1917 in Paris, France. He died on August 2nd, 1973.

The Viscount Melville

The Viscount Melville was an office holder. The was born in Arniston, Midlothian, Scotland. He passed away on May 28th, 1811.

Sam Melville

Sam Melville was a film, television, actor, and televisionactor. He was most active from 1966 to 1966. Sam was born on August 20th, 1936 in Fillmore, Utah, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 1989.

Cyron Melville

Cyron Melville is an actor and musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Cyron was born on July 1st, 1984 in Djursland.

Ward Melville

Ward Melville was a businessperson, philanthropy, businessman, and philanthropist. Ward was born on January 5th, 1887. He passed away on June 5th, 1977.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Melville U.S.
  White 82.39% 64.26%
  African American 11.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Melville

People with the last name Melville are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Melville

  • How Popular is the name Melville? Melville is the 6,436th most popular name of all time. As a last name Melville was the 7,623rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Melville have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,283 babies born with the first name Melville in the United States. That's more than enough people named Melville to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Melville? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Melville first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Melville is Monday, December 7th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Melville born? The highest recorded use of the first name Melville was in 1918 with a total of 77 babies.
  • Random Melville Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Melville is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 9 babies in New York have the same name in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Melville: The name spelled backwards is Ellivlem. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Llevmeil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Melville? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,355 people with the last name Melville.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Melville? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Melville as their last name.
  • Melville name meaning

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