Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsMarvell
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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 9/29/2013
Either (i) from a medieval nickname (often ironic) for someone regarded as a prodigy; or (ii) "person from Merville", the name of two places in northern France ("smaller settlement" and "settlement belonging to a man with a Germanic name beginning with Meri-, literally 'famous'"). Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) was an English poet.