Gender: Male Meaning of Merlin: "sea fortress" Origin of Merlin: Welsh

Merlin Origin and Meaning

The name Merlin is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "sea fortress".

This name of the famous fifth-century sorcerer and mentor of King Arthur may or may not be a bit wizardy for a real-life modern child. Its most noted modern bearer: football star turned actor Merlin Olsen, whose father was named Merle.

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Pop Culture References for the name Merlin

Marlon, Marlin, Merlynn, Merlinn, Merlen, Merle, Merlyn


emilyshurmer Says:


Merlin's beard!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I think that most people (in the UK, at least) like this name in general, but tend to write it off as fantasy-esque and unrealistic due to the Arthurian legend. Which is sad, because I believe that Merlin would make for a wonderfully innovative choice of name, if given the opportunity. I did a bit of research and found that Merlin was #408 in France back in 2008 - so at least it's getting a bit of usage somewhere.

foreverharriet Says:


I secretly adore this name

EW314 Says:


GP! I think this would be a fun middle, but I definitely can't see this as a serious first name. I do secretly love it though!

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


This is my cat's name :D