An enchanter and wise man in celtic mythology.






Emily P. Contributor

It's difficult to image a more epic dog name than Merlin. It's a name steeped in magic and mystery, making it a top-notch choice for your canine companion.

To me, Merlin conjures images of the legendary wizard from Arthurian lore, and it's perfect for dogs with a mischievous twinkle in their eye or an uncanny knack for making treats disappear.

Plus, it's a subtle nod to the popular BBC series for all you TV buffs out there.

If your pup is a master of illusion (or just really good at hiding your socks), Merlin is a bold and mysterious name that's sure to cast a spell on everyone he meets.

Abracadabra, and alacazam. Your dog just way cooler with this famous moniker!

Traits associated with the name Merlin:

Dogs named Merlin tend to be loving, resilient, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, intelligence, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Merlin?

It suggests that you have an appreciation for mythology and fantasy, and that you may have a creative and imaginative side. It also suggests that you have a fondness for animals and may be a loyal and devoted pet owner.

Is Merlin a good dog name?

Merlin has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. Merlin isn't one of the most common names, so your dog will certainly stand out. If you love the name, you should pick it!

Popularity: Overall

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Naming your dog Merlin is certainly a thing, but it's one of the more niche choices out there according to our data.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Merlin was, in the past month, the 332nd most viewed dog name on

As of July 2024, Merlin is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Merlin was viewed 0 times, and liked 1 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Merlin's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Merlin is most adored in North Carolina, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Illinois, Delaware and Iowa.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Merlin.

Most popular breeds named Merlin:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Australian Shepherd
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Dachshund

Famous dogs named Merlin:

  • television icon A labrador retriever named Merlin featured in the television show Merlin the Magical Puppy.

Merlin is found in these categories:

mythical dog names

The name originates from Arthurian legend, where Merlin is a powerful wizard.

unique dog names

Sorcery and wizardry associations make this canine moniker enchantingly uncommon.

british dog names

Famous wizard from Arthurian legend, symbolizes magic and wisdom in British folklore.

disney dog names

Named after a famous wizard in Arthurian legend, popularized by animation.

Dog names like Merlin:

Who Is Like God?
German for bitter
Soldier, or merciful
Mountain belonging to the ruler
Descendant of a sea warrior
Merlin dog name meaning

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