Origin of Merlin
From Middle English merlone, merlion, marlyon, merlyon, merlinge, from Old French emerillon, esmerillon, from Old Frankish *smiril (“falcon, hawk"), from Proto-Germanic *smirilaz (“falcon, merlin"). Cognate with Old High German smirl (“falcon"), Old Norse smyrill (“falcon").
Middle English from Anglo-Norman merilun from Old French esmerillon diminutive of esmeril of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Latin Merlinus, itself from the Old Welsh Myrddin.
From "Moesin-Ezrin-Radixin-Like Protein"
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