Merlin Name Meaning & Origin

Merlin

Pronunciation: MER-lin (key)

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".

Personal experiences with the name Merlin: | Edit

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.

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Merl,

Meanings and history of the name Merlin: | Edit

The merlin, is a type of bird (Latin name: Falco columbarius)

Famous real-life people named Merlin: | Edit

Merlin is a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

-Merlin Bartz (born 1961), Iowa State Senator
-Merlin Bronques, American musician and photographer
-Merlin Guilfoyle (1908–1981), Roman Catholic bishop
-Merlin Hanbury-Tracy, 7th Baron Sudeley (born 1939), British peer, author and right-wing activist
-Merlin Holland, author
-Merlin Hull (1870–1953), lawyer, newspaper publisher and member of the United States House of Representatives
-Merlin Malinowski (born 1958), retired Canadian National Hockey League player
-Merlin Miller, candidate for president, 2012, Third Position Party (received 2,604 votes)
-Merlin Minshall (1906–1987), British intelligence agent often claimed as an inspiration behind James Bond
-Merlin Olsen (1940–2010), American football player
-Merlin Santana (1976–2002), American actor
-Merlin Volzke (born 1925), retired American jockey

Merlin in song, story & screen: | Edit

-Merlin, wizard in Arthurian legend who advises King Arthur.
-Merlin, from Arthurian legend in BBC series "Merlin" as a teenager.
-Merlin Langstaff, character from the TV series "The Worst Witch"

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