First name origins & meanings:
- French: Blackbird
- Welsh: The fort by the sea; falcon
- Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh: Sea; falcon; sea hill
First name variations: Merlyn, Merlyn, Marlin, Marlen, Marwin, Mervin, Merv, Merle
Last name origins & meanings:
- English, French, and Spanish (Merlín): from the Old
French personal name Merlin, Latin Merlinus was derived
from the Welsh personal name Myrddin. Merlinus was a
Latinized form of Myrddin devised by Geoffrey of Monmouth and
popularized in the Arthurian romances.
- Jewish (eastern
Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name
Merle, a pet form of Miryam (see Mirkin).
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