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pinWhat does Merlin mean?

Merlin /mer-lin/ as a boys' name is pronounced MER-lin. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Merlin is "sea fortress".

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.


Merlin has 7 variants: Marlin, Marlon, Merle, Merlen, Merlinn, Merlyn and Merlynn.

Affiliated boy names: Marvin and Mervin.

Merlin has 25 more different relations via Ambrose, Mervyn: Am, Ambie, Ambroeus, Ambroggio, Ambrogio, Ambroise, Ambros, Ambrosi, Ambrosio, Ambrosios, Ambrosius, Ambrossij, Ambroz, Ambrus, Amby, Brose, Emrys, Marven, Marvyn, Merven, Mervin, Mervynn, Murvin, Murvyn and Murvynn.

Kreatif forms: Mamerlin, Merlinma, Mermil. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Merlin for boys. Merlin was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #320 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Merlin name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merlin outside U.S.

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Merlin and related names. Marvin (#492 2 years ago), Marlon (#747), Mervin, Mervyn, Merlyn, Merle, Marlin and Ambrose are the popular variation forms of Merlin appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these forms of Merlin was widespread during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.4807%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.0846%, 82.4%). (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Merlin, Ambrose, Marlin, Marlon, Marvin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Merle, Merlyn, Mervin, Mervyn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Merlin and related baby names outside U.S.

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Merlin is alike in pronunciation to Marlan, Marlen and Marlinn. Other suggested similar baby names are Berlin, Mellin, Merwin and Verlin. These names tend to be less frequently used than Merlin.