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Marvin Family History

Marvin Name Meaning

English (mainly Leicestershire and Lincolnshire): from the Middle English personal name Merefin Merevin Old English Merefin. This is probably formed with Old English mere ‘sea’ + Finn (a personal name derived from the ethnic name). Alternatively it may be a borrowing of an unrecorded Old Norse name Møra-Finnr. Slovenian: nickname from marvin the name of a tart light red wine. French: unexplained.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Martin, Marin, Savin, Markin, Marcin, Harvin, Parvin, Marrin, Alvin

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Where is the Marvin family from?

You can see how Marvin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Marvin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Marvin families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 167 Marvin families living in Leicestershire. This was about 30% of all the recorded Marvin's in United Kingdom. Leicestershire had the highest population of Marvin families in 1891.
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What did your Marvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Marvin. 12% of Marvin men worked as a Farmer and 78% of Marvin women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Marvin were General Labourer and Private Means. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Farmer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Carpenter joiner
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Marvin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Marvin. For the veterans among your Marvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Marvin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Marvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Marvin in 1944 was 28, and 78 in 2004.

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