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Welsh Names

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, has a decidedly un-Welsh name. But browse through our list to find plenty of traditional Welsh baby names and their meanings.


 

Here are some Welsh Names that we went over when we were naming our baby girls. We had a hard time but were happy when we found the perfect French name. Boys and girls Welsh Names are below

  • Braith: welsh unisex name derived from the word brith, meaning "diversely-colored," especially black and white or red and white.

  • Vaughan: welsh surname transferred to forename use, derived from the personal name vaughn, meaning "little." 
  • Parry: welsh surname transferred to forename use, from an anglicized form of ap harry, meaning "son of harry." compare with another form ofparry.
  • Braith: welsh unisex name derived from the word brith, meaning "diversely-colored," especially black and white or red and white. 
  • Angharat: variant spelling of welsh angharad, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame."
  • Emyr: welsh name meaning "king."
  • Elian: variant spelling of welsh unisex eilian, probably meaning "second, a moment in time." 
  • Anarawd: unisex form of welsh angharad, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame."
  • Haul: welsh name meaning "sun."
  • Emrys: welsh form of latin ambrosius, meaning "immortal."
  • Eugein: old welsh form of greek eugenios, meaning "well born."
  • Cattegirn: welsh form of celtic cadeyrn, meaning "battle lord." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a son of vortigern.
  • Heulwen: welsh name meaning "sunshine."
  • Rhianon: variant spelling of welsh rhiannon, meaning "great queen."
  • Elis: welsh form of greek elias, meaning "the lord is my god." 
  • Pryce: welsh surname transferred to forename use, derived from ap rhys, meaning "son of rhys."
  • Brychan: welsh myth name of the father of eleri, derived from the word brych, meaning "pied, spotted, speckled." 
  • Carwyn: modern welsh name composed of the elements c?R "love" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, pure, white," hence "fair love."
  • Urbgen: old welsh form of celtic orbogen, meaning "privileged birth."
  • Betrys: welsh form of latin viatrix, meaning "voyager (through life)."
  • Idris: welsh name composed of the elements iud "lord, master" and ris "ardent, impulsive," hence "ardent master."
  • Gwenda: welsh name composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and da "good," hence "fair and good."
  • Anwen: welsh name meaning "very fair." 
  • Cadwallader: variant spelling of welsh cadwalader, meaning "battle leader."
  • Padrig: breton and welsh form of irish gaelic pádraig, meaning "patrician; of noble descent."

  • Pryderi: welsh myth name the son of pwyll and rhiannon, meaning "care, worry."
  • Ffraid: welsh name for irish bríghid, meaning "exalted one."
  • Dyfed: probably another form of welsh dewydd (hebrew david), meaning "beloved." also spelled dafydd.
  • Mabon: welsh name meaning "divine son." in celtic arthurian legend, this is the name of the son of modron ("divine mother"). He was a hunter god who was stolen by annwn from his mother three days after his birth. He was rescued by culhwch, a cousin to arthur, but because of the time he spent with annwn, he remained young. He later assisted culhwch in his search of olwen. 
  • Ifor: welsh form of old norse ívarr, meaning "bow warrior."
  • Garth: contracted form of welsh gareth, possibly meaning "old." compare with another form of garth.
  • Mercher: welsh form of roman mercury, a name related to the word merx from which we get the words "mercantile," "merchandise," "mercenary," and even "mercy."
  • Tegwen: welsh name composed of the elements teg "fair" and gwen "blessed, holy, white," hence "fair and holy."
  • Dilys: welsh name derived from the word dilys, meaning "genuine, steadfast, true."
  • Rhamantus: welsh name meaning "romantic."
  • Caron: welsh name, derived from the word caru, meaning "to love." compare with another form of caron.
  • Aled: welsh name meaning "offspring."
  • Reannon: variant spelling of welsh rhiannon, meaning "great queen."
  • Glaw: welsh unisex name meaning "rain."
  • Iolo: pet form of welsh iorwerth, meaning "handsome lord."
  • Crystin: welsh form of french christine, meaning "believer" or "follower of christ."
  • Angharad (ang-kar-ad): welsh arthurian legend name of a love of peredur in the mabinogion, derived from the word angharz, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame." she is known as angharad golden hand, and in some versions of the story the lovers first meet at king arthur's court.
  • Iestyn: welsh form of latin justinus, meaning "fair, just." 
  • Deryn: welsh name, probably from the word aderyn, meaning "bird." 
  • Halwn: welsh arthurian legend name meaning "salt." in culhwch and olwen, this is the name of the father of huarwar, noted for having asked king arthur so great a boon that once granted it brought about a plague. 
  • Dwynwen: variant spelling of welsh dwynwyn, from welsh dwyn "to steal" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white."
  • Idwal: welsh name composed of the elements iud "lord, master" and (g)wal "rampart, wall," hence "master rampart."
  • Brenin: welsh form of celtic brennus, meaning "king."
  • Caradawc: variant spelling of welsh caradawg, meaning "dearly loved."
  • Brynmor: welsh name meaning "great hill."
  • Meirion: welsh form of roman latin marianus, meaning "like marius."
  • Seissylt: welsh name derived from latin sextilius, meaning "sixth." 
  • Branwenn: variant spelling of welsh branwen, meaning "fair raven."

  • Guendolen: variant spelling of welsh gwendolen, meaning "white ring."
  • Huarwar: welsh arthurian legend name meaning "the hungry." in culhwch and olwen, this is the name of a son of halwn who was called one of the three plagues of cornwall. 
  • Morwenna: cornish and welsh name, derived from the welsh word morwyn, meaning "maiden."
  • R?S: old welsh name, meaning "ardor, heat of passion."
  • Mihangel: welsh form of italian michelangelo, a compound name meaning both "who is like god?" and "angel, messenger." 
  • Cadwalader: welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and gwaladr "leader," hence "battle leader."
  • Cai: welsh name, possibly derived from latin caius, meaning "lord." in arthurian legend, this was the name of a knight of the round table. Compare with another form of cai.
  • Glenda: modern welsh name composed of the words glân "clean, pure, holy" and da "good," hence "pure good."
  • Meuric: welsh form of roman latin maurice, meaning "dark-skinned; moor."
  • Halwyn: variant spelling of welsh halwn, meaning "salt."
  • Hopcyn: welsh form of english hopkin, meaning "son of hob."
  • Gwynedd: modern welsh unisex name derived from the name of a region of north wales named after the medieval kingdom of gwynedd, meaning "happiness."
  • Nesta: welsh pet form of greek hagne (english agnes), meaning "chaste; holy."
  • Gruffin: welsh name derived from latin gruffinus, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Mairwen: welsh name composed of the name mair and the word (g)wen "blessed, fair, white," hence "fair as mair."
  • Gwledig: old welsh name derived from the word gwledig, meaning "ruler."
  • Ofydd: welsh form of roman latin ovid, meaning "sheep herder."
  • Hefin: welsh name derived from the word haf, meaning "summer." 
  • Dylan: welsh name composed of the elements dy "great" and llanw "sea," hence "great sea." in mythology, this is the name of a sea god, son ofaranrhod, and twin brother to lleu llaw gyffes.
  • Gwynn: variant spelling of welsh unisex gwyn, meaning "fair, holy, white."
  • Carys: welsh name derived from the word caru, meaning "love."
  • Gorlassar: old welsh epithet belonging to uther pendragon, possibly meaning "above the blue" or "higher than the sky."
  • Garreth: variant spelling of welsh gareth, possibly meaning "old."
  • Illtud: welsh name composed of the elements il/el "multitude" and tud "land, people," hence "multitude of people."
  • Celyddon: welsh name meaning "wood-dweller." in mythology, this is the name of the father of culhwch.
  • Guorthigirn: variant spelling of old welsh guorthigern, meaning "high lord" or "overlord."
  • Luned: old welsh name derived from the word eilun, meaning "idol, image."
  • Gwenn: variant spelling of welsh gwen, meaning "fair, holy, white."
  • Mair: welsh form of greek maria, meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion."
  • Megan: pet form of welsh mared, meaning "pearl." 
  • Moesen: welsh form of hebrew moshe and greek mouses, meaning "drawn out."
  • Angharawd: variant spelling of welsh angharad, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame." this name appears in the family of le strange in 1344.
  • Gwawr: welsh name meaning "dawn."

  • Macsen: welsh form of latin maxim, meaning "the greatest rival." 
  • Brin: variant spelling of welsh unisex bryn, meaning "hill."
  • Henwyneb: welsh name meaning "old face."
  • Arvel: welsh name meaning "wept over."
  • Gwil: short form of welsh gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  • Delwyn: welsh unisex name composed of the elements del "pretty" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "pretty and fair."
  • Gwrtheyrn: middle welsh form of old welsh guorthigern, meaning "high lord" or "overlord."
  • Caradoc: variant spelling of welsh caradog, meaning "dearly loved." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table. He was husband to tegau eurfon (their love was called one of the three surpassing bonds of britain). He was arthur's chief elder at celliwig, and had a horse named luagor ("host-splitter"). Sir caradoc was also known as briefbras ("short arm"), the french translation of welsh freichfras, meaning "strong arm."
  • Heddwyn: modern welsh name composed of the elements hedd "peace" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "holy peace."
  • Floyd: variant form of welsh lloyd, meaning "gray-haired."
  • Ceridwen: welsh name composed of the elements cerdd "poetry" and (g)wen "fair, holy, white," hence "fair poetess." in mythology, this is the name of a female magician, the mother of taliesin, morfran (avagddu), and the fair maiden creirwy.
  • Illtyd: modern spelling of welsh illtud, meaning "multitude of people." 
  • Glaw: welsh unisex name meaning "rain."
  • Dylis: variant spelling of welsh dilys, meaning "genuine, steadfast, true."
  • Glynis: variant spelling of welsh glenys, meaning "holy, pure."
  • Gofannon: welsh form of irish goibniu, meaning "smith." in mythology, this is the name of a smith god, the son of dôn.
  • Lyn: variant spelling of welsh lynn, meaning "lake."
  • Aneirin: late variant spelling of welsh neirin, possibly derived from a word related to irish gaelic nár, meaning "modest, noble." 
  • Lleu: welsh form of irish lugh, meaning "oath." in welsh mythology, this is the name of a son of aranrhod, and twin brother to dylan.
  • Iago: spanish and welsh form of latin iacobus, meaning "supplanter." 
  • Alison: diminutive form of welsh alis, meaning "noble sort." compare with another form of alison.
  • Eiluned: old welsh name derived from the word eilun, meaning "idol, image." in arthurian legend, this is the name of laudine's servant.
  • Caradawg: medieval form of welsh caradoc, derived from the root car "love," meaning "dearly loved."
  • Paderau: welsh unisex name meaning "beads; rosary."
  • Owyn: variant spelling of welsh owen, meaning "born of yew."
  • Dyl: short form of welsh dylan, meaning "great sea."
  • Riannon: variant spelling of welsh rhiannon, meaning "great queen."
  • Grwn: welsh name meaning "ridge."
  • Geraint: welsh name of latin origin, meaning "old." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a valiant knight and king of dumnonia where king arthuris said to have been a member of the royal house. He was the son of erbin, and brother to ermind and dywel. He was called one of the "three seafarers of the isle of britain" in the welsh triads. He is most famous as the lover of enid in geraint and enid.
  • Gwenneth: variant spelling of welsh gwyneth, meaning "luck, happiness."
  • Nia: welsh form of irish gaelic niamh, meaning "beauty, brightness." compare with another form of nia.
  • Vaughn: welsh name derived from the word bychan, meaning "little."
  • Siani: pet form of welsh siân, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Owein: variant spelling of welsh owain, meaning "born of yew."
  • Gripiud: variant spelling of welsh grippiud, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Cledwyn: welsh name composed of the elements caled "hard, rough" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "hardy and fair."
  • Renfrew: welsh name meaning "dwells near the still river." 
  • Penllyn: welsh name meaning "from the headland of the lake."
  • Iwan: welsh form of hebrew yohanan, meaning "god is gracious." compare with another form of iwan.
  • Danbrann: welsh arthurian legend name of the sister of percival, sometimes known as the "grail heroine." she is a major character in many of the holy grail stories.
  • Henbeddestyr: welsh name meaning "old pedestrian."
  • Anwyn: variant spelling of welsh anwen, meaning "very fair."
  • Gwendolyn: variant spelling of welsh gwendolen, meaning "white bow" or "white ring."
  • Brenin llwyd: welsh myth name of a being believed to inhabit the mountains of snowdonia, composed of the names brenin "king" and llwyd "gray-haired," hence "grey-haired king."
  • Dilwen: feminine form of welsh dilwyn, meaning "truly blessed." 
  • Aranrhod: welsh name derived from proto-celtic *arganto-rota, meaning "huge/round/humped wheel." in the mabinogi, this is the name of the daughter of beli mawr, and mother of the twins dylan and lleu llaw gyffes. 
  • Enfys: welsh unisex name meaning "rainbow."
  • Loyd: variant spelling of welsh lloyd, meaning "gray-haired." 
  • Elyan: perhaps a masculine form of welsh unisex eilian, meaning "second, a moment in time." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table. He was the illegitimate son of sir bors, and cousin to lancelot. He is noted for helping to rescue guinevere after her affair with lancelot was exposed. He joined lancelot in his exile. Also spelled helyan.
  • Lynn: welsh name derived from the word llyn, meaning "lake." 
  • Goronwy: welsh name of unknown etymology. In mythology, this is the name of the lover of blodeuwedd. 
  • Morgana: elaborated form of welsh morgan, probably meaning "sea circle."
  • Ifan: variant spelling of welsh iefan, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Gwalchmei: old welsh name composed of the elements gwalch "hawk" and mei "may," hence "may hawk." this was the name of a celtic sun god. It is one of two names from which arthurian gawain may have been derived; the other possibility is gwalchgwyn.
  • Gwrgenau: welsh name composed of the elements gwr "man, warrior" and cenau "whelp, young dog." in heroic poetry, gwrgenau was used as a term for a "ferocious warrior."
  • Mari: welsh form of greek maria, meaning "obstinacy, rebelliousness" or "their rebellion." compare with another form of mari.

  • Taliesin: welsh name composed of the elements tâl "brow" and iesin "shining," hence "shining brow."
  • Bryn: welsh unisex name meaning "hill."
  • Rhianwen: welsh name meaning "comely maiden." 
  • Cadeyrn: welsh legend name of the second son of guorthigern (english vortigern), composed of the elements cad "battle" and teyrn "lord, king," hence "battle lord."
  • Gethen: variant spelling of welsh gethin, meaning "dark, swarthy."
  • Eira: welsh name derived from the word eira, meaning "snow." compare with another form of eira.
  • Brynn: variant spelling of welsh unisex bryn, meaning "hill."
  • Gwenfrewi: welsh name composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and frewi "reconciliation," hence "holy reconciliation."
  • Pwyll: welsh myth name of the lord of dyfed and father of pryderi, meaning "sense."
  • Ceri: welsh unisex name meaning "to love." 
  • Eleri: welsh legend name of the daughter of brychan, possibly derived from the name of a river, from the word alar, meaning "more than full; overflowing."
  • Wmfre: variant spelling of welsh wmffre, meaning "giant peace."
  • Gwalchmai: variant spelling of welsh gwalchmei, meaning "may hawk."
  • Grigor: welsh form of latin gregorius, meaning "watchful; vigilant."
  • Hadyn: welsh form of gaelic áedán, meaning "little fire."
  • Gwillym: variant spelling of welsh gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  • Cerys: variant spelling of welsh carys, meaning "love."
  • Cefin: welsh form of irish gaelic caémgen, meaning "little comely one."
  • Neirin: older form of welsh aneirin, possibly derived from a word related to irish gaelic nár, meaning "modest, noble." neirin ap dwywei was the name of the welsh poet who wrote the book of aneirin and y gododdin.
  • Llewella: feminine form of welsh llewelyn, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Dilwyn: welsh name composed of the elements dilys "genuine, steadfast, true" and (g)wyn "blessed, fair, holy, white," hence "truly blessed."
  • Nerys: modern welsh name, probably derived from old welsh generys, meaning "white lady."
  • Olwen: welsh arthurian legend name of the heroine of culhwch and olwen, composed of the elements ol "footprint, track," and (g)wen "fair, holy, white," hence "footprint/track of the holy one." olwen was the daughter of the fierce giant ysbaddaden who was fated to die if she ever married. She was a magical girl who caused flowers to spring up wherever she went. When culhwch (a cousin of king arthur) came to seek her hand, ysbaddaden required that he complete a series of nearly impossibly tasks before he would grant permission for them to marry.
  • Elen: welsh form of greek helén?, possibly meaning "torch."
  • Brongwyn: welsh name composed of the elements bron "breast" and (g)wen "fair, white, holy," hence "fair-breasted."
  • Gwendoline: variant spelling of welsh gwendolen, meaning "white bow" or "white ring."
  • Arianrhod: modern form of welsh aranrhod ("huge/round/humped wheel"), but having a different origin and meaning, composed of the welsh elements arian "silver" and rhod "wheel," hence "silver wheel."
  • Ceri: welsh unisex name meaning "to love." 
  • Gruffudd: derived from welsh grippiud, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Wynne: variant spelling of welsh wyn, meaning "blessed, fair, holy, white." compare with another form of wynne.
  • Yale: welsh habitational surname transferred to forename use, derived from the word iâl, meaning "arable/fertile upland."
  • Morgan: welsh name, derived from ancient celtic morcant, probably meaning "sea circle." in use by the english as a unisex name.
  • Robyn: pet form of welsh rhobert, meaning "bright fame."
  • Arawn: welsh myth name of the lord of annwn ("un-world; under-world"), possibly meaning "unrestrained wildness."
  • Aerona: feminine form of welsh unisex aeron, meaning "carnage, slaughter."
  • Mostyn: welsh name derived from the name of a place in clwyd on the dee estuary, composed of the old english elements mos "moss" and tun"enclosure, settlement," hence "moss settlement."
  • Ianto: pet form of welsh iefan, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Cynddelw: old welsh name, probably of celtic origin, meaning "exalted effigy." 
  • Eluned: variant spelling of old welsh eiluned, meaning "idol, image."
  • Catmail: welsh name meaning "battle prince." other forms of the name include cadoc and cadfael.
  • Seren: welsh name meaning "star."
  • Gwyn: welsh unisex name meaning "fair, holy, white." in mythology this is a masculine name. In welsh mythology, it is the name of the ruler of the underworld (annwn) where he escorted the souls of the dead. In arthurian legend, gwyn ap nudd ("fair/white son of nudd") was the abductor of the maiden creiddylad after her elopement with gwythr ap greidawl, a long-time rival of his. He helped culhwch hunt the boar twrch trwyth, and in later legends he was king of the "fair folk" (tylwyth teg).
  • Meurig: variant spelling of welsh meuric, meaning "dark-skinned; moor."
  • Dwyn: short form of welsh dwynwyn, from welsh dwyn "to steal" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white."
  • Cadomedd: welsh name meaning "battle-shirker."
  • Cadoc: welsh name derived from the word cad, meaning "battle."
  • Olwyn: variant spelling of welsh olwen, meaning "footprint/track of the holy one."
  • Ceinwen: welsh name composed of the elements cain "lovely" and (g)wen "fair, holy, white," hence "lovely and fair."
  • Elidyr: welsh name meaning "brass, bronze." 
  • Blodeuyn: welsh name derived from the word blawd, meaning "flower."
  • Mawrth: welsh form of roman mars, meaning "of the sea."
  • Harri: welsh form of latin henricus, meaning "home-ruler." compare with other forms of harri.
  • Aderyn: welsh name meaning "bird."
  • Creirwy: welsh legend name of the beautiful daughter of ceridwen, possibly meaning "purity."
  • Cynwrig: old welsh name meaning "high hill." 
  • Siân: welsh form of english jane, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Haf: welsh name meaning "summer."
  • Aeron: welsh unisex form of celtic agrona, the name a goddess of war and death who was portrayed as a masculine figure in welsh mythology,meaning "carnage, slaughter." 
  • Euguein: old welsh form of greek eugenios, meaning "well born."
  • Owin: variant spelling of welsh owen, meaning "born of yew."

  • Eirwen: welsh name composed of the elements eira "snow" and (g)wen "fair, holy, white," hence "snow white."
  • Wynn: variant spelling of welsh wyn, meaning "blessed, fair, holy, white." compare with another form of wynn.
  • Olwin: variant spelling of welsh olwen, meaning "footprint/track of the holy one."
  • Hyledd: variant spelling of welsh heledd, possibly meaning "estuary." 
  • Creiddylad: welsh name, possibly meaning "heart's lust." in mythology, this is the name of the daughter of lludd llaw eraint.
  • Iolyn: pet form of welsh iorwerth, meaning "handsome lord."
  • Ilar: welsh form of latin hilarius, meaning "joyful, happy."
  • Wynfor: variant spelling of welsh gwynfor, meaning "very fair" or "very holy."
  • Blodwedd: variant spelling of welsh blodeuwedd, meaning "wild feminine (spirit)."
  • Henwas: welsh name meaning "old servant."
  • Rhian: welsh name derived from the word rhiain, meaning "maiden."
  • Heulog: welsh unisex name meaning "sunny."
  • Brynn: variant spelling of welsh unisex bryn, meaning "hill."
  • Culhwch: welsh arthurian legend name of a cousin of king arthur and hero of the story culhwch and olwen, composed of the elements cul "something narrow and straight" and hwch "pig, sow," hence "pig's run." while still pregnant with culhwch, goleuddydd went mad after being frightened by a herd of swine. Culhwch was found in the pigs' run by the swineherd and taken to his father. Years later, his stepmother wanted him to marry her daughter; angered by his refusal, she cursed him so that he could never marry anyone but the beautiful olwen, daughter of ysbaddaden, a fierce giant who was cursed to die if his daughter ever married. 
  • Afon: modern unisex welsh name meaning "river."
  • Marged: welsh form of greek margarites, meaning "pearl."
  • Dwynwyn: welsh name composed of the elements dwyn "to steal" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white." this is the name of a welsh patron saint of lovers whose orcular eels could predict a maiden's love-luck. She is supposed to have refused love herself and lived as a hermit on the tiny island of llanddwyn. 
  • Eirlys: welsh name meaning "snowflake."
  • Rhys: later form of old welsh r?S, meaning "ardor, heat of passion."
  • Ieuan: welsh form of latin iovannis, meaning "god is gracious." 
  • Gwengwyvar: welsh form of french guinevere, the arthurian legend name of gwenhwyvach's sister, possibly composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and hwyfar "smooth, soft," hence "white and smooth." there are other possibilities. It may come from proto-celtic *vindo-siabraid, meaning "white phantom." or, the names of the sisters may mean "gwenhwy the great" (gwenhwy-vawr) and "gwenhwy the less" (gwenhwy-vach).Gwenhwyvach and gwenhwyvar did not get along well together; triad 84 of the culhwch states that the battle of camlann was caused by the enmity between the two sisters. Triad 53 lists the slap that gwenhwyvach gave gwenhwyvar as one of the "three harmful blows of the island of britain." and triad 54 describes how mordred raided arthur's court and threw gwenhwyvar to the ground and beat her. 
  • Myrddin: welsh legend name of the magician who guided the destiny of king arthur, derived from celtic mori-dunum, meaning "sea fort." mori-dunumwas a place in wales later called carmarthen. Because of its close resemblance to the french word merde, meaning "excrement," the name was changed from myrddin to merlin. 
  • Eilwen: welsh name composed of the elements ael "brow" and (g)wen "fair, holy, white," hence "fair-browed."
  • Griffin: variant spelling of welsh gruffin, meaning "(?) chief/lord." compare with other forms of griffin.
  • Logres: a derivative of welsh lloegr, meaning "england."
  • Bron: short form of welsh bronwen, meaning "fair-breasted."
  • Myfanwy: welsh name composed of the elements my "my" and banw "woman," hence "my woman."
  • Ll?R: welsh name meaning "the sea." in mythology, this is the name of a god of the sea. Identified with irish lir.
  • Tarren: welsh name meaning "from the knoll."
  • Tiwlip: welsh name meaning "tulip."
  • Lin: variant spelling of welsh linn, meaning "lake" or "waterfall." compare with another form of lin.
  • Grippiud: old welsh name composed of the elements grip (unknown meaning) and iud "chief, lord," hence "(?) chief/lord."
  • Aeron: welsh unisex form of celtic agrona, the name a goddess of war and death who was portrayed as a masculine figure in welsh mythology,meaning "carnage, slaughter." 
  • Brin: variant spelling of welsh unisex bryn, meaning "hill."
  • Anarawd: unisex form of welsh angharad, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame."
  • Owena: feminine form of english and welsh owen, meaning "born of yew."
  • Heulog: welsh unisex name meaning "sunny."
  • Mallt: welsh form of german maud, meaning "mighty in battle."
  • Folant: welsh form of latin valentinus, meaning "healthy, strong."
  • Enid: welsh arthurian legend name of geraint's wife, meaning "soul."
  • Gwenhwyvach: welsh name, possibly meaning "gwengwy the less." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the sister of guinevere (gwenhwyvar). She may have been wife to mordred.
  • Elisud: welsh name derived from the word elus, meaning "kind."
  • Einion: welsh name probably derived from the word einion, meaning "anvil."
  • Selyf: welsh form of greek solom?N, meaning "peaceable." 
  • Madoc: variant spelling of welsh madog, meaning "little fortunate one" or "little good one."
  • Bronwen: variant spelling of welsh brongwyn, meaning "fair-breasted." 
  • Aneurin: variant spelling of welsh aneirin, meaning "modest, noble."
  • Habren: old welsh form of severn, the name of a river in england where a celtic goddess dwelt, possibly meaning "thorny cactus." see sabrina, the latin form.
  • Meinir: welsh name composed of the elements main "slender" and hir "tall," hence "tall and slender."
  • March: welsh name probably derived from the word march, meaning "horse." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the king of kernow (cornwall) to whom isolde was brought as a bride by tristan. Compare with other forms of march.
  • Cadell: old irish and welsh name composed of cad "battle" and the diminutive suffix -ell, hence "little battle."
  • Iau: welsh form of greek zeus, meaning "god."
  • Gwri: welsh myth name of teyrnon's adopted son, "gwri of the golden hair," who grew to full adulthood in seven years, meaning "bloom."
  • Glenice: variant spelling of welsh glenys, meaning "holy, pure."
  • Goleuddydd: welsh arthurian legend name of the mother of culhwch, the hero of the story culhwch and olwen, meaning "splendid day" or "splendid sun."
  • Esyllt: welsh form of french iseult, probably from german ishild, meaning "ice battle." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the tragic princess who was the mistress of tristram.
  • Ithel: welsh form of breton iudhael, meaning "generous lord."
  • Gwynn: variant spelling of welsh unisex gwyn, meaning "fair, holy, white."
  • Nest: welsh pet form of greek hagne (english agnes), meaning "chaste; holy."
  • Blodeuedd: welsh myth name, derived from the word blawd, meaning "flowers." in the mabinogi, this is the name of a woman made from flowers who was the lover of goronwy. After she killed her husband and was transformed into an owl, her name was changed to blodeuwedd. 
  • Llywelyn: late welsh form of the ancient celtic name lugobelinos, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Iefan: later form of welsh ieuan, meaning "god is gracious." 

  • Hefeydd: welsh name of uncertain etymology, possibly from haf, meaning "summer." in celtic mythology, this is the name of the father of rhiannon. 
  • Maxen: welsh form of latin maxim, meaning "the greatest rival."
  • Merfyn: old welsh name composed of the elements mer "marrow" and myn "eminent," hence "marrow-eminent."
  • Owen: modern welsh form of old welsh owain, meaning "born of yew." compare with another form of owen.
  • Wyn: welsh name derived from an old byname meaning "blessed, fair, holy, white."
  • Tomos: welsh form of greek th?Mas, meaning "twin."
  • Gwynfor: welsh name composed of the elements gwyn "fair, holy, white" and mawr "great, large," hence "very fair" or "very holy."
  • Celyn: welsh name meaning "holly."
  • Heilyn: welsh name meaning "winebearer." in mythology, this is the name of the son of gwyn and survivor of bran and matholwch's war. He is noted for being the one to open the magic door through which the seven survivors escape from the island of gwales.
  • Llewellyn: variant spelling of welsh llewelyn, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Cerridwyn: variant spelling of welsh ceridwen, meaning "fair poetess."
  • Bronwyn: variant spelling of welsh brongwyn, meaning "fair-breasted."
  • Andras: welsh form of greek andreas, meaning "man; warrior."
  • Dai: pet form of welsh dafydd, meaning "beloved." compare with other forms of dai.
  • Gwenhwyvar: original welsh form of french guinevere, possibly composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and hwyfar "smooth, soft," hence "white and smooth."
  • Maredudd: welsh myth name of the father of iorwerth, probably meaning "sea day" or "sea sun."
  • Bryn: welsh unisex name meaning "hill."
  • Glenys: modern welsh name derived from the word glân, meaning "holy, pure." 
  • Gerallt: welsh form of latin geraldus, meaning "spear ruler."
  • Urien: middle welsh form of old welsh urbgen, meaning "privileged birth." urien was an actual historical king of rheged who came to be incorporated into arthurian legend as a knight of the round table who initially opposed arthur, but later became an ally. He was the husband of morgan le fay, father of morvydd, ywain/owain, and ywain the bastard. Some authors make him a brother to king lot and king auguselus. 
  • The name has been associated with latin tristis "sad," referring to the tragic fate of the young "lover." it has been linked with pictish drust of unknown meaning, and celtic drest, "riot, tumult." the latter comes closest to fitting his true character; compare with old english þr�st/þríste: "bold, daring, rash, audacious," and even "shameless." 
  • Delyth: welsh name derived from the element del, meaning "pretty."
  • Gwythyr: welsh form of roman latin victor, meaning "conqueror."
  • Merrion: variant spelling of welsh meirion, meaning "like marius."
  • Eigyr: welsh arthurian legend name of the wife of uther pendragon and mother of king arthur, derived from the welsh word eigyr, meaning "maiden, virgin." 
  • Brynne: feminine form of welsh unisex bryn, meaning "hill."
  • Sawyl: welsh form of greek saoul, meaning "heard of god," "his name is el," or "name of god."
  • Meredydd: variant spelling of welsh maredudd, probably meaning "sea day" or "sea sun."
  • Ffion: welsh form of irish gaelic fíona, meaning "vine."
  • Mared: welsh form of greek margarites, meaning "pearl."
  • Eigr: variant spelling of welsh eigyr, meaning "maiden, virgin."
  • Arwel: welsh name meaning "prominent."
  • Hywel: old welsh byname transferred to forename use, meaning "eminent, conspicuous."
  • Gwenevak: variant spelling of welsh gwenhwyvach, possibly meaning "gwengwy the less." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the sister ofguinevere (gwenhwyvar). She may have been wife to mordred.
  • Derog: welsh form of latin ferox, meaning "the arrogant one" or "the obstinate one."
  • Beli: variant spelling of welsh bel, meaning "shining."
  • Siôrs: welsh form of greek georgios, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Blodeuwedd: welsh myth name, derived from proto-celtic *bl?To-weid-? Meaning "wild feminine (spirit)." in the mabinogi, this is the name of a woman made from flowers who was the lover of goronwy. This is the name of blodeuedd after she killed her husband and was transformed into an owl.
  • Ercwlff: welsh form of latin hercules, meaning "glory of hera."

  • Siôr: welsh form of greek georgios, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Eurig: welsh name derived from the element aur, meaning "gold."
  • Rhydderch: welsh name, originally a byname, meaning "reddish-brown."
  • Pedr: welsh form of greek petros, meaning "rock, stone."
  • Nimue: welsh name, possibly related to greek mnêmê, meaning "memory." in arthurian legend, this is the name of the sorceress, known as the lady of the lake, who stole the infant lancelot. 
  • Ioan: variant spelling of welsh ieuan, meaning "god is gracious." this form of the name was used for the welsh authorized version of the bible. Compare with another form of ioan.
  • Oswallt: welsh form of english oswald, meaning "divine power" or "divine ruler."
  • Gwilym: welsh form of german wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
  • Glyn: welsh name derived from the word glyn, meaning "valley."
  • Elain: welsh name meaning "fawn."
  • Madog: welsh name derived from a diminutive form of the word mad "fortunate, good," hence "little fortunate one" or "little good one."
  • Briallen: welsh name meaning "primrose."
  • Cadwgawn: welsh myth name mentioned in the mabinogion, composed of the elements cad "battle" and gwogawn "honor, glory," hence "battle glory."
  • Gwenith: welsh name derived from the word gwenith, meaning "wheat."
  • Brangwy: variant spelling of welsh brangwen, meaning "fair raven."
  • Alun: welsh form of celtic alan, possibly meaning "little rock." 
  • Owain: welsh arthurian legend name of a knight of the round table, derived from latin eugenius, meaning "born of yew." 
  • Rhosyn: welsh name meaning "rose."
  • Paderau: welsh unisex name meaning "beads; rosary."
  • Broderick: welsh surname transferred to forename use, from an anglicized form of the personal name rhydderch, meaning "reddish-brown."
  • Mererid: feminine form of welsh meredydd, probably meaning "sea day" or "sea sun."
  • Neifion: welsh form of latin neptune, probably meaning "moist, wet."
  • Gaenor: welsh form of english gaynor, meaning "white and smooth."
  • Dewydd: welsh form of hebrew david, meaning "beloved."
  • Ysbaddaden: welsh arthurian legend name of the giant father of the beautiful olwen. He was cursed to die if his daughter ever married. He lived in a magic castle that seemed to get farther away the closer one came to it. When culhwch came to seek olwen's hand, ysbaddaden required that he complete a series of nearly impossible tasks before he would grant permission for them to marry. Meaning unknown.
  • Talaith: welsh form of greek talitha, meaning "damsel, maiden."
  • Ouen: variant form of welsh owen, possibly meaning "born of yew."
  • Myf: short form of welsh myfanwy, meaning "my woman."
  • Ysbail: welsh form of spanish isabel, meaning "god is my oath."
  • Efa: welsh form of greek eva, meaning "life." compare with another form of efa.
  • Twedwr: welsh form of latin theodorus, meaning "gift of god."
  • Trahaearn: welsh name composed of the elements tra "very" and haearn "iron," hence "very iron-like."
  • Iorwerth: welsh name composed of the elements i?R "lord" and berth "handsome," hence "handsome lord." in mythology, this is the name of the son of maredudd.
  • Enfys: welsh unisex name meaning "rainbow."
  • Gwenllian: old welsh name composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and lliant "flood, flow."
  • Caradog: a derivative of ancient welsh caradawg, meaning "dearly loved."
  • Taffy: pet form of welsh dafydd, meaning "beloved."
  • Deiniol: welsh form of hebrew daniyel, meaning "god is my judge." 
  • Siorus: welsh form of greek georgios, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Eurwen: welsh name composed of the elements aur "gold" and (g)wen "fair, holy, white."
  • Gronw: variant spelling of welsh goronwy. Meaning unknown.
  • Dillon: english form of welsh dylan, meaning "great sea."
  • Rhisiart: welsh form of old norman french richaud, meaning "powerful ruler."
  • Scilti: welsh form of irish cailte, meaning "the thin man." in culhwch and olwen, this was the name of a messenger of arthur's. 
  • Caerwyn: variant spelling of welsh carwyn, meaning "fair love."
  • Aeronwen: welsh name popularly translated aeron "berries" and gwen "white," yielding "white berries," but the first element is more likely to have come from the name of a celtic goddess of war, aeron, meaning "carnage, slaughter," hence "white slaughter." 
  • Siôn: welsh form of old french jean, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Tudyr: welsh name derived from celtic teutorix, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  • Rhonwen: welsh name composed of the elements rhon "lance, spear" and (g)wen "blessed, fair, holy, white," hence "holy lance."
  • Cadfan: welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and fan(g) "raven," hence "battle raven." 
  • Gwendolen: welsh name composed of the elements gwen "fair, holy, white" and dolen "bow, ring," hence "white bow" or "white ring." in mythology, this is the name of king locrine's wife.
  • Steffan: welsh form of latin stephanus, meaning "crown."
  • Gwenyth: variant spelling of welsh gwenith, meaning "wheat."
  • Gweneth: variant spelling of welsh gwyneth, meaning "luck, happiness." 
  • Islwyn: welsh name derived from the name of a mountain, composed of the elements is "below" and llwyn "grove," hence "below the grove."
  • Siana: pet form of welsh siân, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Tegwen: welsh name composed of the elements teg "fair" and gwen "blessed, holy, white," hence "fair and holy."
  • Twm: welsh form of english tom, meaning "twin."
  • Lleulu: welsh form of roman latin lucia, meaning "light."
  • Gwladus: feminine form of old welsh gwledig, meaning "ruler."
  • Llinos: welsh name meaning "greenfinch (bird)."
  • Glaudusa: older form of welsh gladys, meaning "ruler."
  • Teirtu: welsh mabinogian name of the inventor and possessor of the magical harp of teirtud (triple harp), probably derived from the name of the harp, meaning "triple."
  • Bethan: welsh form of greek elisabet, meaning "god is my oath." 
  • Gethin: welsh name derived from the celtic byname cethin, meaning "dark, swarthy."
  • Morgan: welsh name, derived from ancient celtic morcant, probably meaning "sea circle." in use by the english as a unisex name.
  • Alis: welsh form of french alais, meaning "noble sort." compare with another form of alis.
  • Gwilim: variant spelling of welsh gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  • Welsh name meaning "lion." 
  • Berwyn: welsh name composed of the celtic elements bàrr "head, top," and (g)wyn "fair, white," hence "fair-headed."
  • Branwen: welsh arthurian legend name of the daughter of ll?R in the mabinogion, composed of the elements bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white," hence "fair raven." 
  • Hafren: modern form of welsh habren, a form of severn, the name of a river in england where a celtic goddess dwelt, possibly meaning "thorny cactus." see sabrina, the latin form.
  • Aeronwy: welsh compound name composed of aeron "carnage, slaughter" and wy "river," hence "carnage river" or "slaughter river."
  • Gruffud: variant spelling of welsh gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Talfryn: welsh name composed of the elements tal "high, end of" and a variant of bryn "hill," hence "high hill."
  • Dafydd: modern form of welsh dewydd, meaning "beloved." 
  • Gwalltafwyn: in welsh arthurian legend, this is an epithet belonging to sir gawain, meaning "hair like rain."
  • Crearwy: variant spelling of welsh creirwy, possibly meaning "purity."
  • Eilian: welsh unisex name probably derived from the word eilio, meaning "second, a moment in time." this was the name of a saint who is said to have performed miraculous cures and after whom the place ffynnon eilian (st. Elian's well) was named. 
  • Enit: variant spelling of welsh enid, meaning "soul."
  • Brangwen: variant spelling of welsh branwen, meaning "fair raven."
  • Blodwen: welsh name meaning "white flower." 
  • Huarwor: variant spelling of welsh huarwar, meaning "the hungry."
  • Rheinallt: welsh form of german reinhold, meaning "wise ruler."
  • Meical: welsh form of hebrew miyka'el (english michael), meaning "who is like god?" 
  • Cadi: pet form of welsh catrin, meaning "pure."
  • Nudd: welsh form of irish nuada, possibly meaning "fog."
  • Drystan: welsh arthurian legend name of a knight of the round table best remembered as the lover of esyllt (french: tristan and iseult). But the earliest texts hint at a character who was far more than just a lover; he was a master of deception and had the ability to shape-shift, a definite attribute of a trickster. In the cymric trioedd, esyllt is his uncle's wife; with the help of the swineherd, drystan arranges for a secret tryst with her, but arthurshows up unexpectedly wanting to steal some of his uncle's swine, and drystan somehow outwits the forever king. 
  • Modron: welsh arthurian legend name of the daughter of avallach, mother of mabon, and probably the prototype of morgan le fay, meaning "divine mother."
  • Emlyn: welsh unisex form of german emmeline, meaning "work."
  • Rhiannon: welsh name probably derived from the old celtic title rigantona, meaning "great queen." in mythology, this is the name of a horse goddess equated with celtic epona. She was the daughter of hefeydd and mother of pryderi. 
  • Bel: welsh myth name of an ancestor deity, meaning "shining." the name was derived from the same root (bel) as celtic belenus, but bel's character and attributes are said to be much different. 
  • Gwalchgwyn: old welsh name composed of the elements gwalch "hawk" and gwyn "white," hence "white hawk." this is one of two names from which arthurian gawain may have been derived; the other possibility is gwalchmei.
  • Bedwyr: welsh name, possibly derived from proto-celtic *bod(o)-wid-r, meaning "grave-knower," inferring that he was "the one who knows (arthur's) grave." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table who returned excalibur to the lady of the lake after king arthur's death. Described as being one-handed, he was still an excellent warrior. In welsh, his full name was bedwyr bedrydant, meaning "bedivere of the perfect sinews." 
  • Dewi: contracted form of welsh dewydd, meaning "beloved." 
  • Brava: esperanto name meaning "brave."
  • Gareth: perhaps a backformation of welsh geraint arrived at via celtic gahareet, meaning "old." in arthurian legend, this is the name of a knight of the round table, the son of lot and morgause, therefore arthur's nephew. A very popular name in wales. In use by the english.
  • Huw: welsh form of french hugues, meaning "heart," "mind," or "spirit."
  • Llewelyn: variant spelling of welsh llywelyn, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Terrwyn: welsh name meaning "brave fair one." 
  • Gruffydd: variant spelling of welsh gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Catrin: welsh form of old french caterine, meaning "pure."
  • Awstin: welsh form of latin augustinus, meaning "venerable."
  • Llywellyn: variant spelling of welsh llywelyn, meaning "oath of belenus." 
  • Siencyn: welsh form of middle english jankin, meaning "god is gracious." 
  • Dôn: welsh name of unknown meaning. In mythology, this is the name of a mother goddess, the consort of beli mawr. 
  • Meinwen: welsh name composed of the elements main "slender" and (g)wen "blessed, fair, white," hence "slender and fair."
  • Llew: short form of welsh llewelyn, meaning "oath of belenus."
  • Siarl: welsh form of english/french charles, meaning "man."
  • Nye: pet form of welsh aneirin, meaning "modest, noble." 
  • Gwynedd: modern welsh unisex name derived from the name of the medieval kingdom of gwynedd, meaning "happiness."
  • Heledd: welsh name of a 7th-century semi-legendary princess, possibly derived from cornish *heyl, meaning "estuary." 
  • Cystenian: welsh form of latin constantine, meaning "steadfast."
  • Gladys: modern form of old welsh gwladus, meaning "ruler."
  • Arthfael: welsh form of old breton arthmael, meaning "bear chief" or "warrior prince."
  • Afon: modern welsh unisex name meaning "river." compare with another form of afon.
  • Delwyn: welsh unisex name composed of the elements del "pretty" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "pretty and fair."
  • Bran: welsh name meaning "crow" or "raven." in mythology, this is the name of a giant king of britain known as bran the blessed, who was killed attacking ireland. Compare with other forms of bran.
  • Guto: pet form of welsh gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  • Eirian: welsh name derived from the word eirian, meaning "bright, beautiful."
  • Guorthigern: old welsh name composed of the elements gor "over" and tigern "king, lord," hence "high lord" or "overlord." 
  • Rhodri: welsh name composed of the celtic elements rhod "wheel" and rhi "king," hence "wheel-king."
  • Trefor: welsh surname transferred to forename use, derived from the name of various places composed of the elements tref "settlement" and for"large," hence "large settlement."
  • Gwyneth: welsh name derived from the word gwynaeth, meaning "luck, happiness." 
  • Ewein: welsh form of french yvain, meaning "well born."
  • Uwain: variant spelling of welsh owain, meaning "born of yew." 
  • Linn: welsh name meaning "lake" or "waterfall." compare with other forms of linn.
  • Rolant: welsh form of german hrodland, meaning "famous land." 
  • Gwen: welsh name derived from the word gwen, meaning "fair, holy, white." also used as a short form of longer names containing gwen.
  • Hefina: feminine form of welsh hefin, meaning "summer."
  • Uchdryd: welsh name, possibly meaning "crossbeard." in welsh legend, this is the name of a son of edwin, lord or king of tegaingl.
  • Gwyneira: welsh name composed of the elements gwyn "fair, holy, white" and eira "snow," hence "white as snow."
  • Morwen: short form of cornish/welsh morwenna, meaning "maiden."
  • Glyndwr: welsh byname transferred to forename use, composed of the elements glyn "valley" and dwr "water," hence "valley water."
  • Lloyd: welsh surname transferred to forename use, derived from celtic llwyd, meaning "gray-haired." 
  • Glynn: variant spelling of welsh glyn, meaning "valley."
  • Maldwyn: welsh form of old high german baldawin, meaning "brave friend."
  • Tudur: later form of welsh tudyr, meaning "first of the people; king of nations."
  • Sadwrn: welsh form of roman saturn, possibly meaning "to sow." 
  • Siorys: variant spelling of welsh siorus, meaning "earth-worker, farmer."
  • Lowri: welsh form of latin laura, meaning "laurel."
  • Govannon: variant spelling of welsh gofannon, meaning "smith." in mythology, this is the name of a smith god, the son of dôn.
  • Wmffre: welsh form of english humphrey, meaning "giant peace."
  • Lynne: variant spelling of welsh lynn, meaning "lake."
  • Siwan: welsh form of english joan, meaning "god is gracious."
  • Rhianu: variant form of welsh rhian, meaning "maiden."
  • Helyan: variant spelling of welsh elyan, possibly meaning "second, a moment in time."
  • Gwyn: welsh unisex name meaning "fair, holy, white." in mythology this is a masculine name. In welsh mythology, it is the name of the ruler of the underworld (annwn) where he escorted the souls of the dead. In arthurian legend, gwyn ap nudd ("fair/white son of nudd") was the abductor of the maiden creiddylad after her elopement with gwythr ap greidawl, a long-time rival of his. He helped culhwch hunt the boar twrch trwyth, and in later legends he was king of the "fair folk" (tylwyth teg).
  • Sieffre: welsh form of english geoffrey, probably meaning "god's peace." 
  • Emlyn: welsh unisex form of german emmeline, meaning "work."
  • Cadfael: welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and fael/mail "prince," hence "battle prince." this is a very rare name with only one instance found recorded, the name of a saint also known as cadoc and catmail.
  • Gwallter: welsh form of old high german walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
  • Siôned: feminine form of welsh siôn, meaning "god is gracious." this is the welsh form of english janet.
  • Kai: variant spelling of welsh cai, meaning "lord." in arthurian legend, this was the name of a knight of the round table. Compare with other forms ofkai.
  • Rhobert: welsh form of german hrodebert, meaning "bright fame." 
  • Generys: medieval welsh name, probably meaning "white lady." 
  • Afanen: welsh name meaning "raspberry."
  • Eilian: welsh unisex name probably derived from the word eilio, meaning "second, a moment in time." this was the name of a saint who is said to have performed miraculous cures and after whom the place ffynnon eilian (st. Elian's well) was named. 


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