Meaning and Origin of Merlin - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Merlin

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First name origins & meanings:

  • French : Blackbird
  • Welsh : The fort by the sea; falcon
  • Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Welsh : Sea; falcon; sea hill

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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).