Merlin: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Merlin
Origin of the name Merlin:
English cognate of the Welsh Myrrdin, a name derived from the Primative Celtic elements mer, mori (sea) and dunom (hill, fortress), therefore meaning "sea hill" or "sea fortress." The name was most famously borne in Arthurian legend by the magician helper and guide of King Arthur.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Merlin: | Edit
A nice name, but I wouldn't use it for a baby.
If the mythological origin of the name interests you, but it feels too Disney, try the original Welsh "Myrddin".
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This is my brother's name, and growing up I believe he often felt it was more of a curse than a blessing. Smart, precocious, and a bit nerdy, I think the name made him too much of a target amongst the Johns and Joes and Davids. But the current naming generation tends towards more interesting boy names, so maybe young boys today would feel more empowered by the mythology of the name - especially as the Harry Potter generation starts to have their own kids.
- Nicknames for Merlin: | Edit
Merl, Merly, Melrin
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- Famous real-life people named Merlin: | Edit
Merlin Olsen, football player and actor
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Merlin, wizard in Arthurian legend who advises King Arthur.