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ˈmɛl vɪlmelville

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Melville, Herman Melvillenoun

    United States writer of novels and short stories (1819-1891)


  1. Melvillenoun

    of Norman origin, from Malleville in Normandy.

  2. Melvillenoun

    Herman Melville (1819-1891), an American novelist, essayist, and poet. He is best remembered for the novel Moby-Dick.

  3. Melvillenoun

    His works or media adaptations of his works.


  1. melville

    Melville may refer to several things: 1) Herman Melville (1819-1891): An American novelist, short story writer, and poet best known for his novel "Moby-Dick". His other works include "Typee", "Bartleby, the Scrivener", and "Billy Budd, Sailor". 2) Melville (surname): A Scottish surname originated from the region of Melville, located in the heart of Midlothian, Scotland. 3) Places: There are several places named Melville in countries like Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. 4) Melville Corporation: An American retail company known for brands like CVS Health and FootAction USA. Thus, the general definition of Melville would be largely dependent on the context it's used in.


  1. Melville

    Melville is a small Canadian city located in the east-central portion of Saskatchewan. The city is 145 kilometres north east of the provincial capital of Regina and 45 kilometres south west of Yorkton. Melville is bordered by the rural municipalities of Cana No. 214 and Stanley No. 215. The population as of the 2011 census is 4,517, making it the smallest official city in Saskatchewan.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Melville is ranked #7623 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Melville surname appeared 4,355 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Melville.

    82.3% or 3,588 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 493 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 111 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 78 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 55 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Melville in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Melville in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Melville in a Sentence

  1. Brendan Fraser:

    It was Herman Melville who once wrote that there are only five critics in America – the rest are asleep. I don’t know what it means, either, but I’m sure glad you woke up for me.

  2. Academy Award winner Ron Howard:

    I loved that it's a sea adventure and that it deals with a mythic figure ... the whale that actually inspired Melville to write 'Moby Dick' was every bit as intense as 'Moby Dick' and that real event was something that I wanted to share with audiences.

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  • Wanda
    Can i put this name melville to my new baby boy
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flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
A scarper
B render
C summon
D famish

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