Merlin

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Merlin

"Merlin" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Latinized form of Myrddin". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mer"lin
A small European falcon (Falco columbarius, syn. Falco lithofalco, or Falco æsalon). In North America called also pigeon hawk.

Etymology: OE. merlion, F. émerillon ; cf. OHG. smirl, G. schmerl ; prob. fr. L. merula blackbird. Cf. Merle

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
  2. (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
Wiktionary

From Medieval Latin Merlinus and Old French Merlin, from the Old Welsh Myrddin, a name roughly meaning "of the sea-hills," from Proto-Celtic *mori (“sea”) *dūnom (“stronghold, rampart”).

  1. A wizard in the Arthurian legend.

Merlin was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Merlin

Merlin Olsen was a football player for the Los Angeles Rams. His career lasted from 1962 to 1976. Merlin was born on September 15th, 1940 in Logan, Utah, U.S. He died on March 11th, 2010.

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Merlin Santana was an actor and rapper. He was most active from 1991 to 2002. Merlin was born on March 14th, 1976. He left this life on November 9th, 2002.

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Merlin Miller is a director, producer, and writer. Merlin was born in 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Merlin Dean Mann III is a writer, blogger, podcaster, blog, and podcast. Merlin was born on November 26th, 1966 in Cincinnati.

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Merlin Tandjigora is a soccer player for the Meizhou Hakka F.C., AS Stade Mandji, FC Metz, USJA Carquefou, FC Istres, Leixões S.C., and Gabon national football team. Merlin was born on April 6th, 1990 in Port-Gentil.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Merlin

Dino Merlin is a pop rock musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1983. Dino was given the name Edin Dervišhalidović on September 12th, 1962 in Sarajevo. Dino is also known as Dino Merlin.

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Joanna Merlin is an actress, teacher, author, and casting director. She was most prominent from 1956 to 1956. Joanna was given the name Joann Ratner on July 15th, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Jan Merlin is an actor and author. He was most active from 1946 to present. Jan was given the name Jan Wasylewski on April 3rd, 1925 in New York City, New York, USA.

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Kristen Merlin is a country music musician. She plays Guitar and Vocals. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Kristen was born in 1984 in Hanson, Massachusetts.

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Jean-Claude was born in 1954.

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How popular is the baby name Merlin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1885 6 0 6
1887 8 0 8
1890 5 0 5
1891 6 0 6
1895 10 0 10
1896 6 0 6
1898 7 0 7
1899 8 0 8
1900 8 0 8
1901 13 6 7
1902 14 0 14
1903 9 0 9
1904 14 0 14
1905 10 0 10
1906 12 0 12
1907 21 0 21
1908 30 0 30
1909 20 0 20
1910 23 0 23
1911 33 0 33
1912 82 6 76
1913 85 0 85
1914 127 0 127
1915 179 0 179
1916 231 11 220
1917 242 12 230
1918 280 12 268
1919 259 8 251
1920 321 7 314
1921 353 11 342
1922 338 10 328
1923 276 10 266
1924 347 10 337
1925 359 16 343
1926 382 14 368
1927 404 16 388
1928 314 7 307
1929 340 12 328
1930 339 5 334
1931 379 15 364
1932 324 10 314
1933 311 9 302
1934 289 6 283
1935 319 11 308
1936 289 15 274
1937 256 0 256
1938 285 0 285
1939 254 9 245
1940 256 7 249
1941 263 6 257
1942 225 8 217
1943 271 5 266
1944 208 0 208
1945 194 7 187
1946 214 7 207
1947 174 11 163
1948 167 12 155
1949 154 5 149
1950 175 0 175
1951 175 0 175
1952 163 6 157
1953 156 0 156
1954 159 8 151
1955 181 6 175
1956 155 5 150
1957 151 5 146
1958 162 5 157
1959 130 0 130
1960 105 0 105
1961 110 0 110
1962 95 0 95
1963 109 0 109
1964 100 5 95
1965 81 0 81
1966 96 9 87
1967 73 0 73
1968 65 0 65
1969 74 0 74
1970 48 0 48
1971 65 0 65
1972 77 6 71
1973 55 5 50
1974 57 0 57
1975 48 0 48
1976 53 0 53
1977 48 0 48
1978 48 0 48
1979 45 0 45
1980 54 6 48
1981 42 0 42
1982 50 5 45
1983 46 6 40
1984 39 0 39
1985 44 0 44
1986 34 0 34
1987 45 6 39
1988 49 0 49
1989 35 8 27
1990 54 10 44
1991 53 11 42
1992 52 19 33
1993 47 6 41
1994 46 18 28
1995 58 18 40
1996 52 13 39
1997 36 7 29
1998 55 10 45
1999 53 5 48
2000 57 12 45
2001 65 14 51
2002 57 15 42
2003 72 30 42
2004 56 12 44
2005 54 18 36
2006 70 22 48
2007 68 25 43
2008 64 26 38
2009 56 17 39
2010 38 15 23
2011 43 12 31
2012 54 15 39
2013 45 8 37
2014 46 12 34
2015 46 12 34
2016 49 11 38

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Popularity of Merlin as a first name

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Popularity of Merlin as a last name

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Common last names for Merlin

  • Smith
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  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • Nelson
  • Clark
  • Olson
  • Thompson
  • Hanson
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • Robinson

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Merlin U.S.
  White 62.28% 64.26%
  African American 3.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.38% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 30.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Merlin

People with the last name Merlin are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Merlin

  • How Popular is the name Merlin? Merlin is the 1,937th most popular name of all time. As a last name Merlin was the 18,278th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Merlin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,296 babies born with the first name Merlin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Merlin to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Merlin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1885 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Merlin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Merlin is Wednesday, January 29th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Merlin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Merlin was in 1927 with a total of 388 babies.
  • Random Merlin Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Merlin ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 15 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Merlin: Your name in reverse order is Nilrem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nemilr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Merlin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,519 people with the last name Merlin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Merlin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Merlin as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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