What does Merlin mean?
Mythology: Arthurian tales describe Merlin as the wizard who was King Arthur's mentor. Myrddin, the wizard who tutored King Arthur in British legend was known as Myrddin Emrys. Writers translated this into Latin as Merlin Ambrosius, and into English as Mervyn. It was a mistake as the first part of the name was a Welsh place name for the seacoast town of Carmarthen. Emrys was the personal name and a Welsh version of Ambrose. So Merlin probably means "Ambrose of Carmarthen", and is only vaguely related to Mervyn and its variants. Football player Merlin Olsen.
(male) Merlon, Murlin, ..
(female) Merlia, Merlinni, ..
How popular is Merlin?
Merlin is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#725 out of 1220, Top 59%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#21230 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Merlin for boys. Merlin reached its top position of #310 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Merlin and related names. Marvin (#492 in 2014), Marlon (#747), Ambrose (#1714), Marlin (#1859), Mervyn, Mervin, Merle and Merlyn are the popular variation forms of Merlin appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Merlin was widespread 8 decades ago (adoption of 0.55%) and is now significantly reduced (adoption 0.06%, ▼89.9%), with versions like Merlyn becoming somewhat outmoded.
Merlin▼ is alike in pronunciation to Marlan, Marlen, Marlinn and Marlonn. Other suggested similar names are Arlin, Bergin, Berlin, Berlyn, Bertin, Berwin, Burlin, Carlin, Derrin, Dervin, Derwin, Devlin, Deylin, Fermin, Ferrin, Garlin, Germin, Harlin, Herin, Jermin, Jerrin, Karlin, Keelin, Kellin, Kervin, Kerwin, Malin, Mallin, Marland, Marlond, Martin▼, Marwin, Maslin, Medvin, Medwin, Mellan, Mellen, Mellin, Mellon, Melvin▼, Melwin, Meril, Merit, Merrik, Merril, Merton▼, Merwin, Merwinn (see Mervin), Merwyn, Morfin, Morland, Newlin, Orlin, Perkin, Perrin, Terrin, Verlin, Verllin (see Verlyn), Verlon, Verlyn, Vernin and Weylin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Merlin.