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MORI DUNOM > MYRDDIN

This name derives from the Welsh "Myrddin", meaning “sea fortress, hill near the sea”, used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his 12th-century Arthurian tales. The name “Merlin" in fact is the Welsh Myrddin, the name of the bard Myrddin Wyllt, one of the chief sources for the later legendary figure. Geoffrey of Monmouth Latinized the name to Merlinus in his works. The medievalist Gaston Paris suggests that Geoffrey chose the form “Merlinus” rather than the regular “Merdinus” to avoid a resemblance to the Anglo-Norman word “merde” (Latin: merda).

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