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Gender: male
Pronunciation: MER-lin
Meaning: "sea fortress"
Related Names: Marlin, Marlon, Merl, Merle, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn, Merlynn, Merrill, Meryl

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: merlin Origin: Welsh,, Meaning (no case): "sea fortress"



The name Merlin is a form of the Welsh name Myrddin, which means “sea fortress,” or “of the sea hill.” In Irish it means “from the hill over the sea,” and in French it means “falcon.”

In Arthurian legend, Merlin was known as Myrddin Emrys, which was translated into Latin as Merlin Ambrosius, and then into English as Mervyn, or Merlin. However, this translation is incorrect. Myrddin isn’t a given name; it is in fact, a place name derived from the Welsh seacoast town of Carmarthen. Emrys, which is the given name, is the Welsh version of Ambrose, which means “immortal.” Thus, the true name of the wizard we know as Merlin was probably Ambrose of Carmarthen.


According to the Social Security Administration’s list of top 1000 baby names, Merlin was a popular name in the United States from the late 1800s through the mid 1900s:

  • 1890s – 963
  • 1900s – 621
  • 1910s – 394
  • 1920s – 310
  • 1930s – 319
  • 1940s – 411
  • 1950s – 593
  • 1960s – 790 [1]


  • In numerology, people with the name Merlin tend to be organized, focused, and decisive. They’re successful in business and often amass wealth and power, however they can focus too much on the material and neglect their private lives and relationships.
  • According to Kabalarian Philosophy, the name Merlin creates an urge to explore new ideas, but it also causes an unscrupulous materialism. People with this name are very aggressive, have large-scale ideas, and possess an excellent business sense which enables them to achieve the wealth to which they feel entitled. They are seldom satisfied. [1]
  • Characters named Merlin appear in National Comics, Elsewords, Marvel, DC, Atlas, American Comics, Carlsen, and Dell comic books. [1]
  • Merlin was a Celtic god described as a wild man of the woods. It is said that he learned all his magic from the goddess Morgan (aka Viviane, Nimue, Lady of the Lake), and he now lies sleeping in a crystal cave. He presided over: illusion, shape-shifting, herbs, healing, woodlands, Nature, protection, counseling, prophecy, divination, psychic abilities, foreseeing, crystal reading, tarot, magick, rituals, spells, incantations, artisans and smiths. [1]
  • In the Harry Potter series, the Order of Merlin, established by the Merlin of Arthurian legend, is an honor given to wizards who work to protect Muggles and live in harmony with them.
  • In the Harry Potter series, “Merlin’s beard!” is an exclamation of surprise and wonder.


  • In the United States, travelers can visit:
    • Merlin Abyss, AZ
    • Merlin, CA
    • Merlin Meadows, GA
    • Merlin, LA
    • Merlin Gut, MD
    • Merlin, OR
    • Merlin, PA [1]
  • A movie may be in order for a cozy evening at home. Try:
    • Merlin, the Magician (1899) – it may be somewhat difficult to find this one.
    • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)
    • Merlin the Magic Mouse (1967)
    • Merlin (1987)
    • Merlin and the Dragons (1991) (TV)
    • Merlin of the Crystal Cave (1991) (TV)
    • Merlin (1992)
    • Young Merlin (1993) (VG)
    • Merlin (1998, 2 parts) (TV)
    • Merlin: The Return (1999)
    • Merlin's Apprentice (2006) (TV) [1]
  • Merlin in the titles of TV series:
    • The Boy Merlin (1979)
    • Merlin (1980)
    • Merlin the Magical Puppy (2001)
    • Merlin (2008) [1]
  • For another cozy evening at home, you can watch a movie with a character named Merlin:
    • Charity Castle (1917)
    • On the Level (1917)
    • The Bedford Incident (1965)
    • Top Gun (1986)
    • Bluegrass (1988)
    • Tapeheads (1988)
    • Rocky V (1990)
    • Frame Up (1991)
    • The Dark Knight (1995)
    • Top Gun: Fire at Will (1996)
    • Drive, She Said (1997)
    • Wing Commander (1999)
    • Reindeer Games (2000)
    • The Cage (2002) [1]


  • Merlin Olsen (b. Sep. 15, 1940), a professional football player, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. After his football career, he turned to acting, appearing in several films and repeatedly on TV series, such as Aaron’s Way, Father Murphy, and Little House on the Prairie. [1]


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Author: Madeleine Wieder


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Facts about MerlinRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 6  +
Meaning sea fortress  +
Meaningnc "sea fortress"  +
Name merlin  +
Origin Welsh  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation MER-lin  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Marlin  +, Marlon  +, Merl  +, Merle  +, Merlen  +, Merlinn  +, Merlyn  +, Merlynn  +, Merrill  +, and Meryl  +
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