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How Merlin of Manitou acquired his name

Posted by Casey Bopp on

Greetings, I am known both as Casey Bopp and Merlin of Manitou.

Just to be clear, Merlin is a name, more than one person can have the same name. I am not Merlin of Arthurian legend, to be forward, Merlin of Arthurian legend was as real as Harry Potter. For more information about Merlin of Arthurian legend click here Merlin of Arthurian Legend 

Merlin was a name given to me by the populous of Manitou Springs Colorado, I would often walk around in wizard robes and everyone naturally called me "Merlin". When this first started I didn't adopt the name.

In 2003 I started a company called "Merlin's Realm" I was attempting to create a catchy easy to remember name that described we sold wizarding goods. A large number of my early customers kept asking if I was Merlin, if I answered no that wanted to know who was Merlin and where he was. I guess they were thinking Merlin's Realm must have a Merlin.

So, due to the demands and natural nicknames Merlin of Manitou became one of my names. I couldn't use just Merlin because of the stories of Merlin of Arthurian legend.

Merlin in my case meant "Wizard" and Manitou translates to "of the Great Spirit".

Thus my name means "Wizard of the Great Spirit". I feel this is a fitting name for my personality and goals within and outside of this life.


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  • Very interesting! I admire the fact that you walked around in wizard robes, and the name came naturally. I love the name Merlin, and I always thought Merlin’s Realm was a perfect name for a magical goods company.

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