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Even older versions say that he was one of the druids.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2005
In terms of naming someone like that, it should be noted that Merlin, according to his myths, had his wizard powers because he was half demon.
Raphaelus  8/7/2006
I don't agree with the conjectured reason why Geoffrey of Monmouth chose "Merlin" over "merdin" as proposed in this name's listing in the main database, because Myrddin in Welsh is pronounced, "meer-thin", not "mair-din". Quite possibly Monmouth chose the "L" spelling because "merle" finds its roots in "melaina", Greek for "dark, black". Or maybe he just made a mistake in pronunciation. Welsh is easy to mess-up.
leananshae  12/25/2007
Spelled, Merlyn, means, "dark lake".
leananshae  12/25/2007
A Merlin is the name of a small breed of European falcon, which gets its name from the Anglo-French word "merilun", derived from the Old French "esmerillon", which is in Modern French "émerillon", which finds its roots in the Frankish "smiril".

Merlin the Magician, from Arthurian legend, is probably from the Old French form of the Welsh proper name "Myrddhin", which is probably from the Celtic "Moridunon", meaning "of the sea-hill," ("mori-", meaning "sea" and "dunom", meaning "hill".)
leananshae  12/25/2007
My sister's name is Merlin Evita, but it's not pronounced Murlin, we say Mar(like you say Mary)lyn.
Cinnamonster  1/29/2008
I like it, but it's too tied to King Arthur and Sword and the Stone for me to ever use it.
number1212  6/28/2009
I would never use this name for a kid, but I actually like it. It has a nice sound, especially with a British accent. Merlin the Magician has been portrayed in many ways by many different people in books, television, movies, and even songs. Most recently there is a British TV show about Merlin that takes many liberties with the Arthurian legends, such as making Merlin and Arthur the same age, but is still quite good. In the US it is a summertime series picked up by NBC.
britto08  11/22/2009
I actually know a Merlin, and when I was younger I thought it was so cool that he had the same name as the legendary wizard. Though compared to the tall, mysterious, long white-bearded Merlin usually depicted in the Arthurian tales, the Merlin I know is quite average American looking.
Hannah_E  5/22/2010
Merlin is a character in the Touhou Project. (She is a girl by the way).
Dianaisme12  8/29/2010
This name has actually grown on me quite a bit to the point that I think I would use it for a child. It's very unique and there are a lot of worse namesakes than a very powerful, legendary wizard.
snarryvader81  1/4/2012
Merlin Holland, the only grandchild of Oscar Wilde.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2015
Merlin is the code name of Mark Strong's character in 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'. His real name is unrevealed.
Feorsteorra  6/16/2015
The name Merlin was given to 34 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
This is also the name of a species of falcon.
Feorsteorra  12/7/2016

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