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Welsh Names for Boys

October 4, 2021

Welcome to our list of the 50 most popular Welsh names for boys. Each name has a short explanation of its meaning along with a cool fact about the name. 

This list is perfect for:

  • Parents looking for an Welsh baby name
  • People who want to change their name via deed poll to a more Welsh sounding one
  • People who want to find out which are the most popular Welsh names

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So without further interruption here is the list of the 50 most popular Welsh names for boys.

Adaf

This is the Welsh version of the name 'Adam'. Adaf became a common name in Wales during the 13th century.

Aeron

The name Aeron was derived from Celtic Agrona, the mythical Welsh goddess of war and death who was known for her masculinity. In light of this, Aeron became a unisex name and its meaning translates to "carnage" and "slaughter" in modern-day English.

Afon

Another unisex name, Afon is Welsh for "river".

Alun

Alun is the Welsh equivalent of the Celtic name 'Alan'. The meaning and history of this name are somewhat unclear. Alun is mentioned in Welsh mythical literature (the Mabinogion).

Anarawd

This unisex name translates to "free of shame" in Welsh.

Andras

Derived from the Greek name ‘Andreas’, Andras means "warrior".

Arawn

Arawn, which means "unrestrained wilderness", is named after the mythological king of the underworld, Lord Annwn.

Arvel

This name translates to "wept over" in Welsh.

Arwel

Arwel is Welsh for "prominent".

Awstin

This is the Welsh variation of the very common English name, 'Austin'. Awstin means "venerable", a word used to describe a highly respected and wise person.

Bel/Beli

Bel and/or Beli are Welsh names for boys that mean "shining". 

Berwyn

Berwyn has two potential definitions: "Fair-headed" (which comes from its Celtic origins) or "bright friend" (the name's meaning in Old English)

Braith

Braith means "diversely colored", and it can be used as a name for both boys and girls.

Brenin

This Welsh name is derived from its Celtic counterpart, 'Brennus'. Brenin means "king".

Brin/Bryn/Brynn

The unisex name, which is spelled in three different ways (Brin, Bryn, and Brynn), means "hill".

Broderick

This name was originally used as a last name, but eventually became a common first name in Wales.

Cadfael/Cadoc/Catmail

With "cad" meaning "battle" and "fael" or "mail" each translating to "prince", this name's interpretation is "battle prince". Despite having three different spellings, the name was infrequently used, which makes it ideal for parents who are looking for unique Welsh names for boys.

Cadwalader/Cadwallader

"Cad" and "gwaladr" mean "battle" and "leader", respectively. This name can be spelled with one or two 'l's.

Cai/Kai

This Welsh name translates to "lord".

Crwthor

Crwthor is the contemporary Welsh spelling of this name, which is defined as "crwth-player" in English. To clarify, a crwth is a historical music instrument that was popular in Wales.

Cynydd

Cynydd is the modern day Welsh word for "hunstman".

Cystenian

Derived from the Latin term "Constantine", Cystenian means "steadfast" in Welsh.

David/Deykin/Dewydd

David, a very commonplace name in English-speaking countries, has Hebrew origins. The Welsh versions of this name are 'Deykin' and 'Dewydd', but many Welsh families also name their kids 'David'.

Deiniol

In the same vein, Deiniol is the Welsh form of a very prevalent English name, Daniel. Just as with David, Daniel is originally Hebrew.

Delwyn

"Del" and "wyn" mean "pretty" and "fair" in Welsh. Although these may seem like feminine features, Delwyn is one of the gender-neutral Welsh names that are suitable for boys and girls alike.

Dylan

In Welsh, this name means "great flood".

Edenevet/Ednyfed

The meaning of this name is "great warrior".

Einion/Eynon

The word "enion", which means "anvil", is used to describe "stability" and "fortitude". However, Einion and Eynon are the modern day versions of the Old Welsh name 'Enniaun', and its history is traced back to the Latin name ‘Annianus’.

Emrys

Derived from the Latin name 'Ambrosius', Emrys is Welsh for "immortal".

Emyr

Emyr translates to "king".

Eugein/Euguein

This name is originally Greek (Eugenios), and it means someone who was "well born".

Floyd/Lloyd

In Welsh, the names Floyd and Lloyd are defined as someone with gray hair.

Gareth/Garreth/Garth/Geraint

This globally-prevalent name, which means "old", can be tied back to Arthurian legends.

Glaw

Glaw, a unisex name, is another word for "rain".

Gofannon/Govannon

The roots of Gofannon/Govannon are derived from the Irish name 'Goibniu' (which means "smith"). Gofannon and Govannon are two versions of the name of the mythological son of Don, a smith god.

Griffid/Gryffid/Gryffyd

In original Welsh, this name is spelled 'Gruffydd' and translates to "lord" or "prince".

Gwin/Gwyn/Gwynn

Other variations of this name include 'Wyn' and 'Win'. The meaning of Gwyn/Gwynn is "light" or "fair".

Henbeddestyr

In Welsh, Hendbbeddestyr is defined as "old pedestrian".

Hova/Hwfa

Hova/Hwfa means "the owl", and the name is used to describe wisdom. The last name 'Hovy' is derived from Hova/Hwfa.

Iarward/Iarword/Ioreword

The traditional spelling of this name is 'Iorwerth', which is the Welsh phrase for "handsome lord". The name can also be a Welsh variation of ‘Edward’.

Idris

Idris means "ardent master" in Welsh.

Idwal

This name comes from the Welsh phrase for "master rampart/wall".

Ieuan

This is the name 'John' in its Welsh form. Ieuan means "gift of God".

Iohannes

Another Welsh format of 'John' or 'Johannes'.

Iorwerth

The name Iorwerth's meaning is "handsome lord".

Lewelin/Lewelyn

Also spelled 'Llywelyn' and 'Llewellyn', this name is believed to have come from “llyw”, the Welsh word for “leader”.

Madoc

Other versions of this name include 'Madog' and 'Madok'. Either way, this word (regardless of how you spell it) means "little fortunate/good one".

Mal/Melinydd

'Mal' or 'Melinydd' are the Welsh equivalents of the English name 'Miller'.

March

'March' translates to "horse" in Welsh. According to Arthurian legends, March was the king of Cornwall.

Meical

Meical is an ideal name for parents who are looking for biblical names for boys. To clarify, 'Meical' is the Welsh equivalent of ‘Miyka'el’ (in Hebrew) or ‘Michael’ (in English).

Morgan

This gender-neutral name goes all the way back to the Celtic name 'Morcant', which means "sea circle".

Ouen/Owen/Owein/Owin/Owyn

Owen translates to "born of yew". The original Irish version of the name was given to prominent tribes in ancient Ireland as a reference to the strength and longevity of the yew tree.

Parry

The Anglicized format of this name is "son of Harry". In Wales, 'Parry' was used as a last name before it started being used as a first name.

Phelip

The Welsh version of the very famous name 'Philip'.

Reys/Reis/Res/Rhys

The name 'Rhys' translates to "enthusiasm" in Welsh.

Rheinallt

Rheinallt comes from the German name 'Reinhold', and the name means "wise ruler".

Rhodri

In the Celtic language, “rhod” is the word for “wheel” and “dri” means “king”. In other words, the name 'Rhodri', which is used in Wales, translates to "wheel king".

Sais

This Welsh name literally means "English speaker". Other versions of 'Sais' include 'Seys' and 'Seis', but the latter two were mostly used during the 13th century.

Siarl

Defined as "man", Siarl is the Welsh version of the popular name 'Charles'.

Tomos

In Welsh, Tomos is a name and the word for "twin".

Tudur

Older Welsh dialects spelled this name as 'Tudyr', and it means "first of the people; king of nations".

Twm

This is the equivalent of the English name 'Tom'.

Wilim/Gwilim

Wilim/Gwilim are the Welsh format of 'William'.

Yagov

Other versions of this name include 'Yago', 'Iago', and 'Iagov'. All of which are different variations of 'Jacob'.

Ysginydd

In Wales, Ysginydd is a form of the name 'Tailor'. Several centuries ago, many Welsh families used to name their boys 'Skynith', 'Skinnith', and 'Skinith', but 'Ysginydd' is the most common form today.

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