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

The name Merlin is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "sea fortress". Merlin and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ocean and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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 de Douai (born Philippe-Antoine Merlin), French politician and lawyer
Merlin de Thionville (born Antoine-Christophe Merlin), French revolutionary
Merlin Santana, American actor
Merlin Olsen, American football player and actor
Merlin Holland, grandson of novelist Oscar Wilde
Merlin Mann, American podcaster of 43 Folders
Merlin Ferry (b. 1991), son of singer Bryan Ferry
Merlin Esra Besson (b. 1992), son of musician Richard Z. Kruspe of Rammstein
Merlin Sheldrake (b. 1992), son of biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake; brother of Cosmo
Merlin van Lawick, grandson of primatologist Jane Goodall

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


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