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

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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Famous People Named Merlin

Merlin Holland, b. 1946, grandson of Oscar Wilde
Merlin Mann, US podcaster of the blog 43 Folders (through 2011)
Merlin Santana, American actor
Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor
Merlin Ferry, son of Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry
Merlin Sheldrake, son of English biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake; brother of Cosmo
Philippe-Antoine Merlin, known as Merlin de Douai (1754-1838), French politician and lawyer
Antoine-Christophe Merlin, known as Merlin de Thionville (1762-1833), French revolutionary

Pop Culture References for the name Merlin

Merlin, wizard of Arthurian legend
Merlin Langstaff, character from the TV series "The Worst Witch"
Merlin, female character in manga/anime The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai)
Merlin, a type of bird (Latin name: Falco columbarius)

Feminine variation: Merline

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