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spacetrolley Wed 09-Jul-08 15:43:44

my other half wants to call the boy after his uncle Merlin - unusual or just strange?

S1ur Wed 09-Jul-08 15:44:49

well he'll certainly be the only one in his class wink

Middle name perhaps?

hanaflowerisnothana Wed 09-Jul-08 15:46:24

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littleboyblue Wed 09-Jul-08 15:50:00

I know a boy called Merlin. I quite like it.

Nancy66 Wed 09-Jul-08 16:00:57

Don't like it. A bit 'try hard' and a name that he will he horribly embarrassed by when he's older.

Collision Wed 09-Jul-08 16:03:59

tis cool as a middle name though.

My Grandad's name was Nelson and I wish we had used it as a middle name for one of our boys but our surname ends with N so it wouldnt have really worked.

Joshua Merlin
Lewis Merlin
Charles Merlin

....yep tis cool for a middle name.

wb Wed 09-Jul-08 16:17:17

I've got a Merlin - there are a few around.

If you love it, my advice is go for it but be prepared for a few (a lot) of comments esp. from 'the older generation'

If you are not that keen - I suggest use it as a middle name.

FlirtyThirty Wed 09-Jul-08 18:32:27

I'm afraid Merlin is a magician with a long white beard to me.
DH would love it though...he's into all that legend stuff.
Agree it could work as a middle name though...

LittleMissBliss Wed 09-Jul-08 18:35:51

I went to school with a Merlin he would be around 24 now. I don't think i ever questioned his name, just thought it/he was really cool.

OurHamsterisevil Wed 09-Jul-08 20:29:17

If you both like it go for it. I think its great

Hulababy Wed 09-Jul-08 20:31:35

I an not keen - wuld suggest as middle name perhaps.

LynetteScavo Wed 09-Jul-08 20:32:51

I like Merlin (wouldn't be keen on it being shortened to Merl, though)

DRAGON30 Wed 09-Jul-08 20:33:29

We thought about using Merlin for DS1,but reckoned that it would often be mistaken as Mervyn instead. (no way - horrid old uncle!). You could spell it as Merlyn, which as least LOOKS a bit less Arthurish. It's a lovely Celtic name (my DB's by the way!), but I do think that it can take a bit of living up to. DB is alright, - he's a very cool musician, so its perfect for him. Go for it, at least it's not dull.

CantSleepWontSleep Wed 09-Jul-08 20:37:28

Call sign of one of the pilots in Top Gun grin.

elle23 Thu 10-Jul-08 15:32:56

when i was pregnant with second child-before we knew she was going to be a girl-we called her Merlin...but even if she had been a boy i don't think we would have seriously used the name...you have to consider everything when you name a child. you have to remember they will carry that name forever and shape their lives beyond their control. how will Merlin sound to a 4-16 year old? look to the future and you may well see teasing at school, no dates, constant jokes...think about it carefully before making a decision, there are plenty of other 'quirky' names around that wouldn't cause as much comment

Tortington Thu 10-Jul-08 15:33:51

merlin - yeah groovy

that kid won't get any shit growing up

nnow
MERVYN
there's a name

AbbeyA Thu 10-Jul-08 15:37:24

I think that you need to be a strong character to carry off Merlin, it could be a deep embarrassment for a shy, retiring type.

missfib Thu 10-Jul-08 15:48:28

reminds me of a wizard sorry.

chunkypudding Fri 11-Jul-08 12:12:08

i know a merlin... he's a rather strange but very nice old hippy....

youngbutnotdumb Fri 11-Jul-08 12:14:43

Not sure about this one reminds me of The Sword and The Stone TBH.

But at the end of the day is ur choice if u both like it go for it if not then choose something u agree on.

nappyaddict Mon 04-Aug-08 00:21:26

I love it.

thumbwitch Mon 04-Aug-08 00:24:33

I like Merlin, good name. Don't go for Mervyn or Marlon or any other nearly's.

Merlin is also the name of a hawk - perhaps you might like Peregrine as another option?

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