What do you think of Merlin?

(57 Posts)
Chottie Sun 29-Sep-13 21:04:50

for a boy's first name?

No. Please no.

YouHaveBeenOutbid Sun 29-Sep-13 21:14:59

This has got to be a wind up surely?! Don't.

SirChenjin Sun 29-Sep-13 21:17:24


Sorry - couldn't get the voiceover for the series out of my head!

No. Please don't.

Thurlow Sun 29-Sep-13 21:17:57

No. Definitely, definitely no.

DragonsAreReal Sun 29-Sep-13 21:19:40

No but there are some lovely pagan names about if thats what your after.

enormouse Sun 29-Sep-13 21:19:54

Apparently, my DP was going to be a Merlin (chosen by his dad) but it was vetoed by his mum.
They went for Tristan instead, thankfully smile. Are you going for a knights of the round table/Arthurian style name?

Beamur Sun 29-Sep-13 21:20:10

I wouldn't.

NotAnotherPackedLunch Sun 29-Sep-13 21:23:23

Makes me think of Warwick castle and Chessington World of Adventure and other attractions a Merlin pass gets you into.

mimitwo Sun 29-Sep-13 21:24:26

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Habbibu Sun 29-Sep-13 21:26:02

I knew a Merlin, who really suited it. He was Welsh - I wonder if it's more common there?

MrsWolowitz Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:24


I heard "MERLIN!" being shouted out across the supermarket when I was child, I STILL feel sorry for that kid having that as a name.

Its truly terrible.

Wallison Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:29

I used to know one who was great fun, but he had to put up with a lot of jokes about his wand.

PeppiNephrine Sun 29-Sep-13 21:27:47

I know a Merlin. Girl though.

sonlypuppyfat Sun 29-Sep-13 21:29:48

I remember a show called American Gothic and there was a girl called Merlin but it was pronounced Merly.But for a boy its beyond dire.

JeanPaget Sun 29-Sep-13 21:30:36

Don't think that's a terribly good idea, no.

What is it about it that you like, so we could offer some alternatives. Is it the Arthurian aspect?

miffybun73 Sun 29-Sep-13 21:32:16

Don't do it.

I would like to assume that this is a joke smile

BrianTheMole Sun 29-Sep-13 21:34:11

I used to know a man called Merlin. Very nice person but his name was so odd. People were always making comments to his face and laughing about it. I wouldn't do it.

omuwalamulungi Sun 29-Sep-13 21:35:19

I think it's utterly wizard.

noblegiraffe Sun 29-Sep-13 21:35:23

Good name for a bird or wizard.

DevonCiderPunk Sun 29-Sep-13 21:35:28


thenightsky Sun 29-Sep-13 21:35:53

Makes me think of a vintage aircraft engine.

SmokedMackerel Sun 29-Sep-13 21:36:03

I knew a Merlin at school.

It isn't my taste. Great name for a dog (my auntie's dog is called Merlin), less good for a human.

I quite like Merthin though (just read a book with a character called Merthin).

LadyGoodman Sun 29-Sep-13 21:36:43

I think it's ridiculous grin

nicelyneurotic Sun 29-Sep-13 21:45:31

I think it's cute.

jungletoes Sun 29-Sep-13 21:46:33

I love this name and would have loved it for a son. But I've had daughters and my dh said "over his dead body" anyway!!

Bowlersarm Sun 29-Sep-13 21:50:10

My godson is Merlin.

It's him and nice in that it's not ten a penny.


costumething Sun 29-Sep-13 22:49:28

Its a great name if you live in Wales or have Welsh origins. Do all those people saying it's ridiculous not realise it isn't an unheard of name in Wales? There are 3 Merlins at my workplace.

costumething Sun 29-Sep-13 22:50:50

It certainly isn't a joke name in Wales. shock

Ruprekt Sun 29-Sep-13 22:51:26


SpookyNameChange13 Sun 29-Sep-13 22:53:24

I like it.

luckyclucky Sun 29-Sep-13 23:06:13

There's a Merlin in DC school, Welsh mother (we are not in Wales) everyone is used to his name here but I do wonder how he will get on at our bear-pit of our secondary school because he isn't the kind of kid who can carry off a one-of-a-kind name.

elcranko Mon 30-Sep-13 00:06:42


BackforGood Mon 30-Sep-13 00:20:59

No. Just No

Ablababla Mon 30-Sep-13 00:26:02

I had a great uncle Merlin. Very gay and extremely funny you'd have to be a bit of a character to pull it off.

toobreathless Mon 30-Sep-13 00:42:30

I like it & am generally pretty conservative in my tastes!

I love it. I live in Cornwall and have come across a few down here.

headsspinningforachange Mon 30-Sep-13 00:49:54

Great as long as you intend on sending him to Hogwarts

daughterofafarmer Mon 30-Sep-13 09:15:39

I know two. Aged late 20's very charming, handsome and popular and the other is 3! I love it and would if DH would let me blush because I have seen the name on an adult it has never stuck me as being odd.

Either way you are never going to forgot this name.

Tavv Mon 30-Sep-13 11:18:09

Odd and wizardy

waikikamookau Mon 30-Sep-13 11:20:33

i do know one, but I still don't like it sorry

BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 11:21:16

quite a nice name for a horse, otherwise no, definitely not.

waikikamookau Mon 30-Sep-13 11:21:31

the merlin I know has a sister called Gwen,
perhaps there are welsh connections.

BurberryQ Mon 30-Sep-13 11:23:03

ofc there are Welsh connections - the proper name for Carmarthen is Caerfyrddin e.g. 'Merlin's Castle

elfycat Mon 30-Sep-13 11:27:01

DH wanted this for DD1. It was probably after the sorcerer but he argued it was a bird and a helicopter but that might not be relevant After all <he argued> there are other bird names Robin, Wren, Jay, Raven.

To be fair the idea of naming my daughter after a bird that would happily rip the throat out of small squeaky things did appeal but...

I pointed out her name might be shortened to Lyn, a name he doesn't like. So we named her after a hobbit/ fictional flower instead.

bishboschone Mon 30-Sep-13 11:33:35

How about griffin?

MsJupiterJones Mon 30-Sep-13 11:40:38


Meringue33 Mon 30-Sep-13 19:07:06

Love it.

I know a Merlijn but he is Dutch.

WinteronPluto Mon 30-Sep-13 20:55:05

I don't think it's a good idea.

GillyBillyWilly Fri 04-Oct-13 08:03:17

I know a merlin... Late twenties... Very cool guy... Very popular... Everybody loves him!

First time I met him I was like "ok but what's your REAL name?!" grin
He laughed and said people always ask him that... Whilst showing me his ID!

is this for a pet?

sparkle12mar08 Fri 04-Oct-13 11:07:08

I know an 8 year old Merlin. His parents are... odd, frankly. Nice enough if you live in Wales or are Welsh, but otherwise, no.

Leopoldina Fri 04-Oct-13 11:11:16

Love it. I like to take the "what would Bryan Ferry do" approach to naming boys.
Ditto Gawain (the only one of them I know is ultra cool, gorgeous, married to a pretty-much-supermodel).

I like it, don't think its weird or wrong, its a name. It just happens to be a name of a famous legend druid or wizard.

Names are suppose to identify people from each other, if you like it use it. If you introduce your child with confidence, they will not be embarrassed by their name, well that's my opinion.

TenthMuse Fri 04-Oct-13 14:45:23

It's one of my 'guilty pleasure' names (love the sound and am a bit of a mythology buff) but I still wouldn't do it. Would only vaguely consider it if I was positive that he would grow up to be a tortured but terribly handsome artist or poet type. I live in a very cosmopolitan area of London, where most names are pretty accepted, but Merlin would still raise a few eyebrows I think.

TenthMuse Fri 04-Oct-13 14:49:18

Doesn't Bryan Ferry have a Merlin, by the way?

Yes - just googled: sons are Otis - Isaac - Tara - Merlin. Pretty unsual selection there!

Also quite like bish's suggestion of Griffin.

JoJoManon Fri 04-Oct-13 15:41:22

Am not a fan either. Ask yourself if you were a boy would you like to be called Merlin?
I know I'd think of wizards.

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