Infographic of Merlin name meaning, which is “From the fortress near the sea,” based on the Celtic mori (sea) and dunom (fortified hill). In legend, a magician who was the helper of King Arthur.
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Merlin Name Popularity

How popular is the name Merlin? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 476 33 0.0065%
1913 465 48 0.0085%
1914 401 102 0.0146%
1915 410 134 0.0147%
1916 385 164 0.017%
1917 355 204 0.0204%
1918 349 232 0.0216%
1919 357 214 0.0204%
1920 333 271 0.0244%
1921 303 313 0.0273%
1922 312 295 0.0265%
1923 372 217 0.0194%
1924 315 295 0.0254%
1925 314 298 0.0264%
1926 297 324 0.0295%
1927 283 362 0.0327%
1928 317 280 0.0262%
1929 306 289 0.0279%
1930 309 299 0.0286%
1931 288 338 0.0342%
1932 308 281 0.0284%
1933 312 257 0.0276%
1934 320 249 0.0258%
1935 308 274 0.0282%
1936 319 243 0.0252%
1937 340 220 0.0223%
1938 333 238 0.0232%
1939 356 210 0.0206%
1940 370 193 0.0182%
1941 367 213 0.0189%
1942 427 170 0.0135%
1943 374 231 0.0177%
1944 404 181 0.0146%
1945 451 132 0.0108%
1946 451 159 0.0108%
1947 550 109 0.0065%
1948 537 112 0.007%
1949 571 95 0.0059%
1950 505 132 0.0082%
1951 516 132 0.0078%
1952 562 111 0.0064%
1953 593 103 0.0058%
1954 636 90 0.0049%
1955 603 108 0.0059%
1956 640 99 0.0052%
1957 643 96 0.005%
1958 636 99 0.0052%
1959 694 78 0.0041%
1960 814 47 0.0025%
1961 734 65 0.0034%
1962 820 44 0.0024%
1963 796 50 0.0028%
1964 945 28 0.0016%
1965 1,069 17 0.001%
1966 805 42 0.0027%
1967 1,000 19 0.0013%
1968 1,017 20 0.0013%
1969 970 27 0.0018%
1970 1,339 11 0.0007%
1971 1,314 12 0.0008%
1972 966 32 0.0023%
1973 1,344 11 0.0008%
1974 1,674 6 0.0005%
1975 1,742 5 0.0004%
1976 1,885 5 0.0004%
1977 1,389 13 0.001%
1978 1,344 15 0.0011%
1979 1,516 11 0.0008%
1980 1,761 7 0.0005%
1981 1,641 9 0.0006%
1982 1,572 11 0.0007%
1983 1,711 8 0.0005%
1984 0 0%
1985 1,707 10 0.0007%
1986 0 0%
1987 1,835 9 0.0006%
1988 1,612 15 0.001%
1989 0 0%
1990 2,022 10 0.0006%
1991 1,633 18 0.0011%
1992 2,421 6 0.0004%
1993 1,812 14 0.0009%
1994 2,411 6 0.0004%
1995 2,244 7 0.0005%
1996 1,958 12 0.0008%
1997 1,852 15 0.001%
1998 2,132 11 0.0007%
1999 2,279 8 0.0005%
2000 2,077 13 0.0009%
2001 1,951 16 0.0011%
2002 2,391 7 0.0005%
2003 2,162 12 0.0008%
2004 2,414 9 0.0006%
2005 3,017 5 0.0003%
2006 2,645 6 0.0004%
2007 2,227 14 0.0009%
2008 0 0%
2009 2,599 7 0.0005%
2010 0 0%
2011 2,572 7 0.0005%
2012 2,095 16 0.0011%
2013 2,242 12 0.0008%
2014 2,331 12 0.0008%
2015 2,573 7 0.0005%
2016 2,266 12 0.0008%
2017 2,095 15 0.0011%
2018 2,363 10 0.0007%
2019 2,683 5 0.0004%
2020 2,227 22 0.0017%

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What names are variants of Merlin?

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Marlin

Land near the lake; sea fortress

Welsh

Marlon

Unknown

Modern

Merle

Blackbird

French

Merlen

Sea fortress

Welsh

Merlinn

Sea fortress

Welsh

Merlyn

Sea fortress

Welsh

Merlynn

Sea fortress

Welsh


What names sound like Merlin?

If you like how Merlin sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Merlin.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Marlan

English

Marlen

English

Marlinn

English


What names are similar to Merlin?

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Marvin

Sea friend

Welsh

Mervin

Sea friend

Welsh


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1 Comment

  1. It’s a family name, but I like that it’s a unique name for these days.


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